Mars rovers encounter problems during dust storms in two main areas: Locomotion and Mission Operations. For this robot, one of the main requirements is to move without requiring primarily electrically driven propulsion. Bio-inspiration was referenced from tumbleweeds and maple seed pods, and design inspiration from Strandbeests and the NASA Zephyr landsail for Venus. The human exploration application is to perform on the ground prospecting of sites for nomadic style of establishment of habitats. Read more in the project overview.
We're building the Mars Wind Tumbler Robot for the Trans-Atlantic MDRS Mars analogue mission launching in December 2021.
Big thanks to the mission crew who will be helping immensely with our project.
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