For a while I've thought that it would be nifty to build an R/C mars rover - either a scale of Spirit/Opportunity or something similar, or a scratchbuilt - and set it loose in the bush somewhere.
OK, so it wouldn't exactly be radio controlled, directly, more like computer guided, with a radio link to my home computer for photo downloads and command uploads. Sort of a semi-autonomous system. It would be interesting both as a technical challenge (with much lower cost and risk than a real
extraplanetary rover), and to see what kind of things you can see in the bush when there aren't humans around.
Has anyone heard of anyone doing this? I think it'd make a great thesis project for someone doing astronautical engineering or something. (ie
eople smarter than me)