TRACKED CRAWLER ROV
As a builder of numerous ROV systems, (nearly twenty years worth) I am a big fan
of open development and believe that open development is the best course
for the robotic world as a whole. It was quite exciting to find an Open ROV
link on Ebay. Over the years I have met very few robotic builders and fewer
underwater robot builders. It was quite exciting to see this many like minded people
on one site.
Currently I run Gator Tactical, We are presently testing our 2014 gator work class
robot. This robot will swim and or crawl on the bottom. It is the first underwater
remotely operated robot to have zero metal signature (this allows the robot
to house a magnetometer, sonar, pulse induction detector and ground penetrating
radar at the same time) The aim of this design is to clean up mine fields above and
below the surface.
I remain fore ever a fan of inspection class light weight rov's ( a+ for home built) because they
are cost effective, portable, easily transported, and often have less repair and build time.
With that said I have about 40 feet worth of small poly plastic tracks free to any members
of Open Rov. These tracks are roughly 2 inches wide 1/4" thick and each link is around 1".
These are very light weight, strong and can be adjusted by adding or removing links.
The tracks crawl on plastic gears available from Rexnord Conveyor Co. I have also found
these travel well around nylon skate wheels. If any one is interested. They are free to
good homes. I made several small robots that traveled on this type of track.
Tracked robots have positive benefits and negative drawbacks over prop robots
such as speed, control, amperage, bottom time, and payload.