NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Provides Do-It-Yourself Instructions to Build Your Own Mars Rover

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project can be completed for as little as $2,500

Have you ever wondered what it takes to build a machine like NASA’s Curiosity rover, part of the Mars Science Laboratory project? (Image by NASA JPL)

(NASA) – Have you ever wondered what it takes to build a machine like NASA’s Curiosity rover, part of the Mars Science Laboratory project?

Now students, hobbyists, and enthusiasts can get a taste of what it is like to construct a scaled-down version of a rover using plans and instructions from JPL’s Open Source Rover Project.

With the successful past and current rovers, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California built a mini-rover (“ROV-E”) to engage the public.

This rover is brought into classrooms, museums and school events to demonstrate rover mobility principles first-hand.

In response to this enthusiasm, JPL engineers have designed a rover model that could be assembled by the next generation of engineers from commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) parts for as little as $2,500.

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Click here to learn more about how to build your own rover. 

Click here for the actual plans and parts list from JPL.

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