RC Off Road as Sensor Platform
fgentges at mindspring.com
Mon Nov 29 21:54:36 CST 2004
We were discussing the idea of using these little Radio Controlled off
road dune buggies with our disaster van to insert and recover sensors
from a potentially dangerous area in a disaster. Slashdot has a nice
article on use of these as a platform for dealing with the IEDs in
Iraq. This looks like a similar application.
and the link to the off-the-shelf RC off-road vehicle is at
The Traxxas web site has a user manual available for download.
You can find these for sale on eBay with a search on "traxxas e-maxx".
Do we have anyone who has alrady worked with these or is interested in
working with these and a sensor payload? Is this the best one to use?
Sensor payload could be like:
radiation detector (geiger counter)
smell sensor like in Nuts &Volts last month
and of course a loudspeaker so the little bugger can talk back.
A Pan, tilt and zoom on the TV camera would be nice but probaly too
hard. Also night capable with IR illuminators.
AMRAD members have the skills to extend the RC range, QSY into a ham
band with higher transmitter power etc and bigger battery pack for
extended range and mission lifetime. These things are way overpowered
for racing now. Once on station it should have a low visibility profile
and stay for extended periods while relaying back sensor data.
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