While I was looking this article over I thought initially
of the pneumatic tank game my twin brother and I had as a
kid. This led immediately to arcade competitions with
little software tanks between me, dad, and Ray.
Then I got to wondering if this circuit could be used to
control the big transporter crawlers they used on Apollo.
Such a device might be useful in lunar mining remotely
from earth via teleoperators .... wring word can not
remember the preferred form. Of course all the
hydraulics, joints, and exterior shell components would
have to be ruggedized for the lunar environment but the
electronics could live inside an environmental chambe
provided for manual operation when desirable or necessary.
With the proper software safety interlocks we could charge
Disney to allow customers at Disneyland to operate our
lunar mines. Or we could establish our own lunar space
camp training facility. A friend of mine might be
interested in this. He has been tryig to get land
developers interested in a space simulation neigbhood
development right pioneering thinking people could live
normal lives while participating in training drills and
engineering development projects on the weekend or after
normal work hours.
I bet a mockup of either (lunar mining crawler or Apollo
transporter) could help him get a lot of public attention.
Especially if it was scaled to match these guys prototype:
controller prototype testbed.
I better send him an email with a link to here. He will
like this site anyway. Coincidentally his name is Rex as
well. I do not know if he ever read Lester Del Rey, he is
a bit older than I and may have been scrambling to make a
living when it came out. Maybe I will send him a copy
for Christmas. I will send a copy of this email to myself
to remember to put idea in my calender on linux desktop if
I can figure it out.
Anyway I have not committed to a project yet, but I have
visions of a couple of thin hp boxes on top of four tank
tracks controlled by a derivative of this circuit link to
a internet radio transmitter. ... Challenging, I would
have to dig out some engineering books. I have not done
serious electronics analysis since efundies.
Hey! Maybe I get my college roomie to check out this site!
He is double EE PE! We see how much he actually learned
while working at Oremet Titanium! lol Of course he same
of me when we have to figure out the pneumatics. lol We
could both journal here to exchange design information. I
have to check out the project room or page but at worst we
should be able to link to yahoo or space elswhere with our
uploaded diagrams and specifications.
BTW I just dropped by to share with you all this
OUTSTANDING tool I just found. It is called dia (for
Diagram) and is found on the program/application item of
the footprint. It looks fairly complete. It should
enable some nice looking diagrams of all kinds to present
designs to buddies for evaluation and comment. Not to
mention help with the analysis. There are so many
disciplines involved with space stuff that frequent
coordination is required with trusted associates to verify
designs are adequate in all aspects. Tradeoffs are often
required to get a working system.
Rex, (my buddy not me) I am sure you will have noticed
that as we discussed (I think) this could easily begin
generating revenue from theme parks connected to a
prototyping facility or even an actual mine via the
Internet if proper safety interlocks and realtime timing
constraint/handshake cutouts are present along with
standard manual override linked to industrial emergency
Oh! Also, I think I found a revenue model that might work
in the long term to allow the community to raise money for
site operations and maybe even sponsoring selected team
projects that will build our community prestige. This
could eventually help our members with getting
scholarships, help or sponsorship from various nonprofits
or government grants, jobs in robots (Robots.net,
Journeyer) look good to many companies if our robots look
good in press, documentation and analysis is professional
grade and useful, and our mutual feedback assessments of
each other are obviously authentic, accurate, helpful
training feeback in a variety of interesting areas useful
I will post a link here to the revenue model when I get it
Hope you guys had a good labor day.