3 Sep 2001 rex   » (Journeyer)

Cool article. Tanks!

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: VTVL 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 all stop.

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 to robots.

I will post a link here to the revenue model when I get it polished up.

Hope you guys had a good labor day.

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