The insect- like walking machine LAURON has been developed in order to examine statically stable walking in uneven terrain. The stick insect served as model for mechanics and parts of the control. Current works are occupied with the realization of a local navigation in very rough and unstructured terrain. Sensor systems have been developed for one thing to determine the condition of the machine and for the other to give a local description of the environment. For the latter a self constructed stereo-camera head has been applied that carries out a simple ground-profile analysis in real time with the help of structured laser light.