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Troy Iktomi-Coots
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So I traded my stack of amp cabinets, aka Mount Fire Hazard, for a Marshall half stack this weekend. Been wanting one for about 15 years now. Since the cats can hang out in the studio now, they have taken over and the amp is now a fancy perch / scratching post. 
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Product of Boredom. 
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Hello again. I am working on a few more projects, weird as usual. One involves some of what my dad calls "Coots-genuity", which is essentially MacGyver-ing it up. It is basically a space tractor for moving materials on Mars, either for Mars One or whomever else can use it, even some video game designer: it is a "some assembly required" type structure where the wheels double as the interior supports and/or reaction wheels for a fuselage of the fifth stage of a  rocket and the body comes in three parts. The core is the sky crane and the rest is somehow part of the landing tri-pod.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone out there has heard of such engineering, this type of multiple purpose machinery and could point me towards some references to see what all I am missing. It is my mission to design only adaptable and reusable parts; if a servo breaks on a drilling tool, one can be used from an older rover or something, that sort of stuffery. The model isn't finished yet, just waiting on some feedback from a few people and anyone in here. Thank you for your input or for reading this madness.
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Here's an idea some of my aerospace contacts may appreciate: Recently, while glancing at one of those pieces of a sewing machine that holds down the fabric while it's being sewed, the thought occurred to me that if we are to send a craft to another planet that functions more like an airplane, the avionics on board would let the craft know if it is flying level or not and be able to tell if the ground is flat enough to land on. This idea for the undercarriage would act as a backup. Behind the wheels would be skis that extend downward, dragging lightly on the ground telling the craft if the landing site is level or has a slope and would adjust the craft so that it lands level to the ground and doesn't rely solely on the instruments on board. This model is a sketch I made to get a better picture as visualizing at my age seems to dwindle most of the time. This model also excludes pieces like the break assembly, wheels, hydraulic line routing, and a few other things but it is mostly there. Also, I am unable to animate this so it is set at full stop. This very basic addition could be used for other things like getting out of space ditches or what have you. 
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Latex, acrylic, spray paint, and gloss medium on ~2' X 3' media board stapled to a wooden frame. 
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I made the last 13 images on this collection today. Just adding more images that emphasize contrast and similar themes. These are achromatic formal and kaleidoscopic symmetry pieces. https://www.behance.net/gallery/Concept-and-Album-Arts/9817579
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Today, I am working on an expandable craft. It's basically one of those folding lawn chairs encased in a tube that breaks apart into a six armed probe. Practicing with mechanics inspired by Transformers, but way more dumb and more practical. Fin. 
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I present the somewhat basic design of my space tractor. It took a few days to make the model, and it's still not fully complete and ready, just a basic idea as to what it would look like. If my math is correct, this would weigh 1,384 pounds on Earth, excluding the wires, bolts, and fake wood veneer on the dashboard. It's set up to operate similarly to a bobcat and forklift and its main purpose is to tow supplies, machinery, whatever from the landing site back to home base. The large back wheels are driven by two huge servos and are connected the buggy as an attachment, not a permanent fixture. Each of the four front wheels have smaller servos built into them and the battery bank is split into two cells in the back. The canopy, a rather raw and simple design, is supposed to look like solar panels and it would fold out after the vehicle lands. Anyway, that space tractor I've been talking about, here it is: Also, when I upload models to Sketchfab, sections turn black and I have no idea how to fix that. To move around, right click moves the thing around and left click rotates, the wheel zooms in, if you use a mouse and not a fancy phone, that is. https://sketchfab.com/show/da2b7c17cdf54148958453dbb4c97f2f
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Question for anyone interested in aerospace stuffery or weird engineering. I am working on a model for what is essentially a space tractor - a vehicle that moves heavy machinery and supplies from the landing site to the settlement - and am doubling up on the wheel purpose; they will be the wheels of the vehicle but the four front ones, the smaller ones, will be arranged connected at the axle mounts in a cross functioning as the flywheels that control yaw, pitch, and roll while the two larger back wheels are the internal support frames for the fuselage of the 5th stage rocket, perhaps their servos could be used as reaction wheels too. The body is the sky crane. Question - can anyone think of references to study using MacGyver-like multipurpose machinery like this? I've been studying old and new tractors, current reaction control systems and avionics and really can't find anything to help me put this monstrosity together. Also, this will land in 3-5 sections and would have to be assembled by a landing team. It's either a just for fun engineering puzzle or if the right people are interested, will be handed off to the ones who know what they're doing. It is designed for Mars' gravity and atmosphere too but without the parachutes and with a few added boosters, tanks, and pumps, it could probably be put elsewhere. When it is put together, it would fit inside a 12' X 10' X 18' box and most likely weigh ~1300 - 1500 lbs. 
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You stated some constraints that you want to operate with in, but much of what you want to do depends on how you choose to implement it. This is a seed for an idea. It seems difficult to keep the wait down to 1500 lbs. You should rough out a version of it using some drafting tools, is hard to get behind an idea without having a more detailed idea of what the idea is.
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Here's this year's snow sculpture. I may make a couple more, depending on my workload. 
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For the last month or so, I've been designing a booster system for a sub-orbital glider that has three settings and the craft itself has a mainsail along with two props. The idea is to use the props to get it up to around 10,000 feet and a quarter of the way around the globe. Then, there is the main sail that uses air fed through the lower wings while the oxidizer is shut off so the combustion is mainly compressed atmosphere and a spritz of fuel. Around 35,000 feet, the oxidizer kicks in and the exterior air intake valves shut off. This would get the craft up to around 70,000 feet or so and without an S.N.S. or S.A.S. system built in, this thing would just tumble everywhere once it's up in the thinner air as the booster is just below the center of mass and is not suitable for too much vectoring as the TVC skirt is too tiny and there wasn't much room for a gimbal block. Anyway, I'm wondering if it's even a good idea to have this set up in the first place; it would be a great backup in case the oxidizer tank runs out or the manifold somehow gets clogged, and using atmosphere (with all its random gases and other stuffery) would likely reduce thrust just enough to keep the thing flying as compared to pure oxygen. I'm also thinking about adding just a touch of some type of alkyl nitrite in a separate tank that would be injected in case of a stutter. So yeah, designing rocket parts again. 
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Artist, Musician, Inventor, Architectural Design, Theorist, Mystic, Aerospace Design, Writer, Poet, and Freelance Misc. Designer
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  • Cosmologicaly Incoherent
    Theorist, Space Fiend, 2007 - present
  • Taliesin's Shadow
    CEO, Founder, Musician, Engineer, 2006 - present
  • Energizer Holdings
    Boxer Operator, Inspector, Production Reporting, 2010 - 2012
  • Deviator
    Guitarist, Negotiator, Artist, Producer, Promotions, 2002 - 2012
  • Coots Electric
    Electrician, Troubleshooter, Clean-up, 1996 - 2001
  • Kansas City Renaissance Festival
    Actor, Booth Assistant, Blacksmith, 1997 - 1999
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Taliesin Pwyll, Ehate Sugila, Laughing Fox, Dr. Yort Wriklebath Finklestien III, Haske Sangila, Cooticus The Enforcer
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Artist, musician, poet, designer /freelance- physics nerd, paleontologist, occultist, buddhist, thelemite, cosmologist, philosophy novice, aerospace junkie, architect, and perpetual student of the traditional and non-traditional varieties of any and all fields and studies. 
Personality: polite (mostly), shy but laid back, day dreamer, and typically the observer, not the speaker. I also consider myself a citizen of the Cosmos and have not a drop of patriotism or loyalty to one nation alone. But still generally a nice guy who dislikes excitement and "fun times" and a law abiding samaritan these days. 
Summation: Creative nerdy hermit, or "antisocial savant" if you really want to throw fancy terms around. 
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Mountain Climber, written over 300 songs, made over 2000 drawings and 1500 paintings, use to be able to memorize a couple hundred digits and recite them weeks later and solve long division problems in seconds, I'm about as weird as they get.
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Carbondale, IL
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Fort Sill, OK - Independence, MO - Liberty, MO - Raytown, MO - Saint Joseph, MO - Garden City, MO - Maryville, MO - Albuquerque, NM - Ironton, MO - Farmington, MO - Park Hills, MO - Chicago, IL - Fort Worth, TX - Pine Ridge, SD
Well, I came from Carbondale, IL, needing a new computer for school work, had little money and heard this was one of if not the best place to go around here, so I went. They took my Epiphone, my Vox 10 watt amp and miscellaneous gear for this laptop (clean and runs great) plus $120.00. I am considering bringing a couple more of my backup guitars up there to trade for that Ibanez 7 string and will more than likely go to those guys for any other future needs. I didn't really walk around too much in there, but did see that they have a huge selection of appliances and instruments. Their prices are very reasonable too.
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