Project Description

It all started this last summer…

The video

The previous post about this..

Me and my 8 year old son Jesse making the X-1
After watching the mars landing he asked me if we could make something like the “Mars curiosity” also… I thought about it for a second …Then I said sure why not! Even tho I did not have NASA’s billion dollar budget. Who am I to tell an 8 year old you can’t do something because it’s too hard!

I had never build a quadcopter before and this was not a kit. (Everyone said I should start with a kit)

So I order parts form china , Florida, Texas and other places all over the world.
but I told him if we do this project we can’t give up if it gets too hard… never give up.
Even if the project had failed at least he will walk away with that life lesson.

My son built 80% of the x1 including the soldering and most of the wiring. I did the programming and very little wiring only and some cable management I like doing cable management.
This is only phase 1.
Phase 2: we will add gps and cameras then fpv with anti-vibration system
phase 3: waypoints and osd
phase 4: (this summer)
we will attach a rover to deploy via parachute then release parachute.
Rover on land will take a soil sample while filming the quadcopter will return home and self-land.
The rover will avoid obstacles and also return home via gps.


This is what it looks like today the New X-2


This is what it can do so far all shot from the the Gunn-Kraft X-2