NASA’s New Mars Rover Concept Has Been Revealed And It will Inspire You

At the Kennedy Space Centre Summer of Mars festival this Saturday NASA revealed their new Mars Rover concept vehicle.

The Mars Rover is an automated vehicle which on arrival on the surface of Mars can propel itself for the purposes of examining the territory and features of interest. Rovers which have been sent to Mars include:

  • Mars 2, Prop-M Rover in 1971. The Mars 2 landing failed taking Prop-M with it.
  • Mars 3, Prop-M Rover in 1971, also lost when Mars 3 lander stopped communicating after landing.
  • Sojourner Rover, Mars Pathfinder, landed successfully on July 1997. Communications were lost on September 1997.
  • Beagle 2, Planetary Under surface Tool, lost with Beagle 2 on deployment from Mars Express in 2003.
  • Spirit, Mars Exploration Rover, launched on June 2003 landing successfully in January 2004. The last communication received from the rover was on March 2010.
  • Opportunity, Mars Exploration Rover, launched on July 2003 landing successfully in January 2004.
  • Opportunity is still operational and mobile as of June 2017.
  • Curiosity, launched November 2011, Curiosity Rover is still operational as of June 2017.

On initial viewing one would be forgiven for believing the new concept Rover was the Batmobile from the successful movie franchise. Built by Parker Brothers Concepts the Mars Rover uses a 700 volt battery to power the on-board electric motor utilising solar panels for the recharging the batteries. The concept Rover is a four seater with the rear compartment being detachable for use in scouting missions.

A laboratory is housed in the rear of the Rover. Adding to the All-Terrain aspect of the new concept Rover it’s fitted with six 50” spherical shaped wheels which NASA say are designed especially for traction on rocks sand and other types of terrain the Rover may encounter on the surface of planets. It is also very large, coming in at 28 feet long, 14 feet wide and 11 feet tall.

The NASA concept Rover will be displayed at the Kennedy Space Centre complex from June through September 2017, and will also make appearances at various events along the United States East Coast during the course of the year.