M.A.R.S. Rover Robot for BBC Micro:Bit

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M.A.R.S. Rover Robot for BBC Micro:Bit

The 4tronix M.A.R.S. Rover is loosely based on the Curiosity and Mars 2020 rovers from NASA/JPL. It uses the same rocker arm, bogey and differential arm mechanism.

Mobile
Autonomous
Robotic
System

Some stats on the 4tronix M.A.R.S. Rover

  • 6 Motors. 80 rpm 6V, N20 micro gear motors
  • 4 Servos. MG90S metal gear analog micro servos
  • 4 FireLeds
  • Ultrasonic distance sensor on steerable mast
  • Total number of special PCBs: 30
  • Number of different PCB designs: 11
  • Length: 200mm
  • Width: 185mm
  • Height without Mast and Microbit: 95mm
  • Height with Mast: 170mm

There is a Makecode extension that makes it easy to control the unit. More features are still being added.

Also there are accessories on the way. Currently there is a working prototype of a keypad and we hope to have an arm and grabber shortly.

The M.A.R.S. Rover requires 4 good quality rechargeable batteries (not included). We recommend Energizer Extreme or Eneloop. This link provides 4 great batteries and a fast charger.

Microbit is not included.

See our blog entry for details of assembly and coding

You should allow 2 hours to build this if you are used to assembling kits of this nature. If it is your first assembly of something like this, then you may have to double the expected timeframe.

Note: These are hand-kitted to order. There may be a few days delay between ordering and shipping. Contact us if you need it expediting


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