So, having spent the last couple of years experimenting with UAV systems I felt the need to try something that would stay on the ground. I have been fascinated by rock crawlers, the latest RC off-road trend. They seem the be the ideal platform for a land based all terrain rover system. Traction and maneuverability is very impressive.
Last week I got a HBX 1/8 scale crawler kit, and started modifying it for my needs. So far the system is FPV capable (out to about 2km), but autonomous GPS navigation is planned for a later stage.
- HBX 1/8 Crawler
- 1W 1.2ghz video link
- ServoCity Pan-Tilt system
- GoPro Hero HD camera
- 500mW 433mhz two-way radio modem
- Teensy 2.0 onboard computer / serial to servo converter
And best of all, I don't have to go out in the cold to operate it!