Open Source Rover

A DIY rover based on the rovers on Mars 🔴

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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. 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.

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Ash Pearson@productpearson · Product Manager - Always learning
What other testing scenarios have been used opposed to a pile of rocks? What about gravitational and environmental factors?
@productpearson Ash, I'm not the maker but to get you an answer, I opened an issue in their repo.
@productpearson Michael Cox from the team responded to the issue. "We have done a fair amount of driving the OSR around various common terrain on lab. This includes streets, curbs, stairs, grass, dirt, and surfaces with small rocks (less than about 8in diameter). We have also driven the rover for brief stints in our "Mars Yard" where we do testing for our actual rovers. We've successfully climbed up curbs, over ~6in rocks, over people laying on the ground, etc. However, we have NOT done quantitative testing of the climbing capabilities of this rover. The project was made to be built fast and inexpensively and then released as a base model. If you desire extensive quantitative testing and hard numbers for the climbing capabilities of the rover, I suggest that you join the community of builders and contribute the results of those tests yourself. :) All that said, the short story is that the rover typically does fairly well climbing over "reasonably-sized" obstacles." Original: Hope this answers your question.
Ash Pearson@productpearson · Product Manager - Always learning
@i_shankar Awesome, thanks Shankar and Michael.
Terkel@terkelg · Creative Coder & Interactive Designer
The website is worth checking out too https://opensourcerover.jpl.nasa....
@terkelg yes, it gives a fair idea of how it works. Very few resources available for an open source product as Ash here pointed out ^