12.0_Sputnik

krohak edited this page Feb 2, 2017 · 3 revisions

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Goal

Protei Mini-RC "Sputnik" is a remotely controlled (radio) modular sailing robot. The design is aimed at being easy to make in most makerspace, low cost, easily extendable. This is NOT a high-performance device and not fit for long-term navigation in the open ocean. This is a small prototype to get acquainted with Protei Shape-Shifting sailing technology, and a fun platform to experiment. If you already own a RC kit (receiver + transmitter) Protei Mini-RC "Sputnik" with 4 modules should definitely cost under 100 USD to build (in San Francisco).

Special thanks to Autodesk Foundation, Pier 9 and Instructables.

Specifications

More information can be found on its Instructables

Technical

Modular

The key concept of Protei Sputnik is modularity. Inspired by the Soviet and first-ever satellite, Protei Sputnik is about a new beginning, an impulse.

Simple & Affordable

Protei Sputnik can be made with affordable materials and by non-professionals.

0, 90, 180 Degrees

We tested Protei Sputnik with 4 modules, capable of turning at 90º. To make a 180º turn, we would need 7 modules.

Pictures

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Video

Observation

Evaluation

We do not recommend you to build this specific version of Protei as it does not sail very well but you can find instructions on its Instructables.

The truth about developing a new technology is that on the way to have something that works, you produce a lot that doesn't. The Instructables contains all the details of this prototype- what worked, what did not and what we intend to improve. We would love to have your comments!

Next Step

Next Prototype

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