ME - Hello everyone and welcome to my website. I live near Eastbourne in Sussex, which is on the South-East coast of England. I am worried about climate change and protecting the species on planet earth. That is why I think we may need another planet, if we keep on warming where we live at the present rate. We need more solar and wind turbine farms to create green electricity and hydrogen to stave off possible extinction.



What happens when I'm older. Will planet earth still be here?


Because I think grown ups are ruining our planet, I am very interested in space travel and robots. I'm also learning code. I have my own Raspberry Pi, which I'm looking forward to using with the monitor I got for my 12th birthday.


Space exploration depends on robots and automation. This is because man does not (yet) live long enough to travel the vast distances involved to be able to explore planets for himself as a visitor, and cryogenics is not advanced enough to freeze and thaw humans at the end of a long journey - though this is technology that may one day yield results.


Even travel at the speed of light would not overcome the ability of man to visit planets that are hundreds of light years away. Space ships may eventually visit such locations, but the time it would take to transmit useful information back to earth, seriously limits what may be achieved by follow on generations, who might forget about earlier missions - or cease to exist.


Alternative ways of visiting other worlds in person, might be cloning humans from frozen eggs, conditioning their brains and uploading memories, to recreate the scientists of today, again, for tomorrow. We will discuss this in more detail later in the development of this website - and perhaps when I'm a bit older. I need time to think about this.


The way we are treating planet earth, we could need a B planet sooner than space researchers think, to keep humans and other species on earth alive, as Planet A first dries up then floods. I wonder if they (World Bank, IMF, etc) should hit the reset button on printed money and stop the financial clock. That would reverse climate change via economic cooling. I wonder if printed money should once again be index linked to the real world. Today, this might be in relation to what planet earth can comfortably sustain. Unfortunately, not the perpetual growth most politicians thrive on.


Mars is the nearest potential planet for colonization, but is extremely inhospitable with no atmosphere to speak of, being 95% carbon dioxide.






GIANT ANT -  This is what I'm working on at the moment. I'm learning how to make things come to life from the drawing board, using epoxy resin and glass woven-roving laminating, working from wooden, plaster and polystyrene artwork. Eventually the robot version of this large scale model will be made in carbon fiber. (Me, my friend rocky and my sis sitting in front of the beast.)


I'm very lucky to have my own workshop, my own power (hand) tools and an uncle who knows how to weld, because I'm a bit young for that. Welding is scary! My uncle is easily talked into lending a hand. Thanks unk!


Imagine this hexapod crawling around on Mars, if there was intelligent life on the red planet, they'd think this alien invader was out to eat them.





Right here and now, we might explore moons and planets that are relatively close, using satellites with sensitive sensor arrays, telescopes and cameras - and fabulous surface vehicles like the Lunar and Mars Rovers.


Inevitably, these surface rovers have wheels or tracks that have limited ability to overcome rough terrain. Rovers on Mars or the Moon, designed for planetary exploration, are of increasing importance to spaceflight nations, but wheels will obviously skid and slip on loose soil and rocks.


Man is bipedal, also having hands and arms and the ability to grasp objects with his hands, such as to climb vertical obstacles and swing in trees. Insects and arachnids are even more adept at scaling uneven surfaces. They can walk upside down on some surfaces.


The effective exploration of planets, will need rovers with climbing ability to near equal that of at least a man. This is one of the goals of this website and the projects featured, to include encouraging others to think about how this may be achieved.







However it is that we continue with our explorations, autonomy is vitally important. As I write, we have not navigated our oceans autonomously. For that reason I am extremely interested in the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project: MAS400. They are trying to make it across the Atlantic Ocean in 2021. See the media coverage on that project using the link.




This is the kennel I built for my Sprocker Spaniel: Bella


SKILLS BUILDING - I built this kennel over a couple of weekends for my Sprocker Spaniel, Bella, with a bit of tuition from my uncle. It is made from recycled pallets and timber offcuts - that would have been burned if not turned into something useful to lock up the carbon. Even the roofing felt was recycled material. Total design/build time 15 hours. You can see how this was achieved by clicking on the picture.



Vikeen personal fitness training in Eastbourne, me, mys sister and Dad, Terry


KEEPING FIT - This is me with my Dad and sister Annie in the workout studio in our garage. I'm learning about healthy diets and training.





Apart from mechanical design and engineering, the computers onboard an exploration rover, and the programming that operates them, is arguably the most important feature. Coding is now part of most school curriculums.





Early development frame for a rough terrain vehicle


WALKING ENGINE - Early development stage of a prototype hexapod rough terrain vehicle. We are improving on this design, in stage two.






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