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The JPL Open Source Rover Project @NASAJPL

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The JPL Open Source Rover is an open source, build it yourself, scaled down version of the 6 wheel rover design that JPL uses to explore the surface of Mars. The Open Source Rover is designed almost entirely out of consumer off the shelf (COTS) parts. This project is intended to be a teaching and learning experience for those who want to get involved in mechanical engineering, software, electronics, or robotics.

And the build includes some Adafruit parts! See the list.

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JPL writes:

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 rover as a way to try and give budding enthusiasts a fun robotics project that will help teach them and get them involved in robotics sooner and at a lower cost.

See the entire information on the build including full specs on electrical & mechanical systems and software on the JPL GitHub site.

Hey JPL, maybe one of Adafruit’s Crickit bots could hang out in Altadena with you some time? (Ed: yes I worked at JPL ’84-’85 while at Tech, I am biased).

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