Summary of Sawppy Update Objectives

Over the past few posts I’ve been describing goals and motivations for future Sawppy evolution. Mostly in terms of my own efforts, but with a few notes reminding me to leave options open for others working on neat stuff like Ardupilot adaptation. This post will be a summary, grouped by common themes with links to individual items. Most of these goals for improvement are the result of feedback from people who have liked my Sawppy design enough to spend their own time and money to build their own rover. I am thankful for every one who have reached out to me with questions, suggestions, and my favorite part: pictures and videos of their rovers roaming about. I always love seeing other Sawppy rovers running around.

Fix Mechanical Shortcomings

I’m thankful this section is much shorter than I had originally expected. I’m not a mechanical engineer and I honestly expected more fundamental mechanical issues than what has cropped up to date.

Make Construction Easier

Everything here can be traced back to feedback from one or more rover builders.

Improve World Friendliness

I’ve learned there’s more to designing a world-friendly rover than just working in metric.

Smoother Rover Operations

In contrast, most of this section were derived from my own experience taking Sawppy around.

That is a pretty long list of things I want to change! And on the way there, I also need to keep in mind of what I would rather not change.

[Title image: Sawppy and I at Sparklecon 2020]

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