Some of the same engineers that designed the Mars rovers have been at it again, but this time designing rovers for our home planet instead. Turtle Rover is like no other rover around and is the world’s first remote-controlled mobile robot that’s capable of trundling over rough terrain.

With this device you mount your equipment straight onto it, giving you an instant ability to capture images and recordings of water in places including ruins, reservoirs, and caves.  You can also add extensions for certain things by simply using the mounting surface on top along with Raspberry Pi open electronics, and open-source code.

Another fantastic feature about the Turtle Rover is that it’s both waterproof and robust, so can withstand even the toughest and wettest of weather. It will even work underwater!  Battery power is good too, and one charge will power the rover to drive for up to 4 hours continuously.

To make use of the Turtle’s capabilities, there is no need for you even to know where it is.  With the mobile app, you can see where the rover is going through its live HD camera and long-range communication capabilities (up to 200 meters/220 yards). And, it will work on any device that has access to the web, including tablets and phones.

As NASA and ESA work towards launching another rover to Mars in 2020, others are working on their very own space projects. In the next 100 years, SpaceX alone is looking to send one million people to the Red Planet. If you want to get involved in the project, it’s being pledged on Kickstarter at the moment. However, there’s still a way to go before the team has reached their 60,000 Euro goal.

Pledges start from just 35 Euros and will allow you to become a real live beta-tester for the rover, steering Turtle from the comfort of your own home. If you’re feeling more confident and want to own your very own Turtle, you’ll need a slightly better pledge of 857 Euros minimum. Deliveries are expected to go out in April 2018.

To support the project visit the Kickstarter page.

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