Type: Combat Robot
Weight: 125 lbs
Body: Aluminum Wedge
Power: 24 VDC (4 Motors)
Control: 900 MHz RC
Speed: 3 mph
Weapons: Flame Thrower

Competition: TLC Robotica Season #1
Year: 2001
Results: Won Preliminary, Lost Episode Final

Solar Flare competed on Season #1 of ROBOTICA on "The Learning Channel" in March 1-4, 2001. The show aired in April of 2001 where Solar Flare competed [ Results ] against Pandora's Bot during the preliminary round and against Ram Force in the final Sumo round. [ Robotica Description ]

Solar Flare is a wedge shaped robot made from extruded aluminum and aluminum plates. It weighs in excess of 125 lbs and has a top speed of over 3 mph. The primary weapons are the front mounted flame thrower and scoop wedge. This robot was built by Aaron Trask and Mariusz Zaczek, while students in the Advanced Digital Systems Lab (ADSL) in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The M68332 micro-controller used for the receiver and transmitter were generously donated by the Motorola Corporation

Click pictures on side

The control system for Solar Flare was all written in M68332 assembly. The transmitter and receiver codes and circuits are listed below.