build it yourself, scaled down version of the 6 wheel rover design that JPL uses to explore the surface of Mars.
engineering, software, Electronics, Robotics.
+100 parts and tools to build one Rover, 1 Transport Case, 1-year Warranty and RobotLAB Support, 1 Engage! K12 classroom license for 1 year (lesson plans, activities, and tutorials)
Mobile and stationary robots
1 kit per 5 students
High School, Library, Summer Camp
9 through 12
Electrical subsystem Documentation
No training required – available as an option
JPL is always looking to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and roboticists to help us explore and learn about our solar system (and beyond!). We release the plans for this
The specific attributes of the robot you build will depend slightly on the type of electronics and motors you buy for the system. The numbers shown below are for the version of the robot that contains exactly the parts that we suggest in our build documents and parts list. Below, you can see which parts could be changed for which spec upgrades.
|Attribute||Value [imperial]||Value [SI]|
|Footprint||24x14 [in]||60.96x30.48 [cm]|
|Battery Capacity||5200 [mAh]||5200 [mAh]|
|Battery Discharge Rate||8 [A]||8 [A]|
|Nominal Current Draw||1.2 [A]||1.2 [A]|
|Operating time||5 [hrs] (continual use)||5 [hrs] (continual use)|
|Approximate Max speed||9.7 [in/s]||24.6 [cm/s]|
|Maximum 90 deg vertical scale||12 [in]||30.48 [cm]|
|Maximum height differential between sides||14 [in]||35.56 [cm]|
|Communication (in this guide)||Bluetooth app (Android only) and Xbox Controller|
This rover is designed to function similarly to the 6 wheel rover designs on Mars and employs a few of the major driving mechanics that the Mars rovers use to traverse rocky surfaces:
This project has elements in mechanical assembly/fabrication, uses a host of electrical components, and has software that will run it all. In order to complete this project, you will need to have some experience in the following: