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World's first land drone designed by Mars rover engineers. | Projects of Earth
World's first land drone designed by Mars rover engineers. | Projects of Earth
World's first land drone designed by Mars rover engineers. | Projects of Earth
94 backers pledged €66,720 to help bring this project to life.

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Turtle Rover - waterproof programmable RC robot

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You could describe Turtle as a land drone, but it's much more! It's a revolutionary open platform that you can adapt to your own needs.

 

 

 

The rover casing is entirely watertight, as is the robotic arm. This enables the rover to be driven in any kind of weather and even underwater! What’s more, the rover has enough power to drive continuously for up to 4 hours!

 

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Steer Turtle remotely and use the Wi-Fi-based app: Drive anywhere you like, bring back what you find, snap pictures, and record live videos!

The app works on any device that has access to a web browser, including phones and tablets. The range is up to 200 meters (220 yards).

In fact, the control panel design was inspired by real control centers that launched space missions, yet the simple and intuitive design makes steering the Turtle Rover even more enjoyable.

 

 

[New reward!] Turtle Maker Kit

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See how a Rover Mission works!

  • we connect with the Turtle App and share our computer screen with you so you can take control over it;
  • you have a 10min briefing about the tasks and rover possibilities;
  • drive for half an hour and get scores for every little task!
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Also - watch the mission covered by a space Youtuber - Astrofaza [remember to turn on english subtitles].

We use technology in everyday life. We code. We like to create innovation. We dream about exploring other planets.

NASA and ESA plan to send another rover to Mars in 2020. Spacex wants to send one million people to Mars in the next 100 years. However, before anyone sends a rover to another planet, we designed Turtle — a robot to remind you about how beautiful the Earth is.

Use Turtle for your specific needs... or simply have fun and explore the world!
Use Turtle for your specific needs... or simply have fun and explore the world!

 

We're passionate travelers and engineers.

Since 2013, we have been engaged in building analog mars rovers. We participated in other projects, e.g. FREDE - sending research equipment into the stratosphere, organized by the German, Swedish, and European Space Agencies. We also supported and manufactured parts for DREAM Project - a project that sent an experiment in a rocket to drill in microgravity conditions.

2012-16 - building Mars rover prototypes; 2014-15 - building and sending our experiment to stratosphere; 2014-17 - taking part in conferences such as International Astronautical Congress
2012-16 - building Mars rover prototypes; 2014-15 - building and sending our experiment to stratosphere; 2014-17 - taking part in conferences such as International Astronautical Congress

Now we are ready to take this experience to another level! We build Turtle Rover as a 100% customizable open platform to make it useful in many different fields.

We want people to explore the world with it and to learn engineering. We believe it's the future.

Analog astronauts from Lunares - Mobile Research Station
Analog astronauts from Lunares - Mobile Research Station

Coming back to our roots, we also want Turtle to help analog astronauts practice during their missions! Here are a few pictures:

Considering our background, Turtle Rover is our dream come true. It is taking what we do best and turning it into a useful product.

Our basic goal is to build 35 rovers. If we meet this goal, as the design is nearly complete, we'll launch the production in October 2017. Turtle Rover will be delivered into your hands by June 2018.

 Technical specification

For full specification, visit this link.

 

  • Main materials: aerospace aluminium, plastics, stainless steel
  • Robotic arm specification: lifting capacity 500g, range 0-180 mm (back-front); 0-300 (down-up)
  • Driving: approx. 4 hrs. of battery life, range up to 200m
  • Application’s main features Capture image (photo, video), touchscreen ready, livestream from on-board camera
  • Communication standards: UART, SPI, USB, Ethernet
  • Connections available for users: 1×USB, 3×Timer output/counter input/IO, 2×7V/2 A, 1×24V/3 A, 1×5V/1 A, 1×UART, 1×SPI, 1×Ethernet

If you want to take a look into the rover, get the software files on GitHub. You can also check out all the open source files:

Click to read more and get the files!
Click to read more and get the files!

 

For Press Kit - more pictures, technical specification, videos, press releases - click here.

  • Digital Trends 'The closest thing to driving Mars rover here on Earth'
  • Electronics360 'Earth Rover is App Controlled and Does Much More than Just Drive Around'
  • Co. Design 'We’ve sent rovers to far-off planets–but we’ve left many miles of our own planet unexplored. Enter the Turtle rover(...)'

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Risks and challenges

The Turtle Rover and its equipment are finished as a prototype. The only remaining parts of the delivery process are: CE/FCC and EMC certification, rover manual and design of the product packaging. Turtle parts suppliers are waiting for orders. The assembly will be performed in-house, so manufacturing should be executed smoothly.

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    Thank you!

    We'd love to see you in our community!

    Become a part of Turtle Family and show everyone your support.

    Includes:
    • 'Thank you' card (digital)
    • Turtle Community updates
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    The rover mission - become a beta-tester

    Become a rover driver!
    You'll be connected via Internet to a rover located in our test facility. Complete tasks while steering Turtle from your home!

    Includes:
    • 10 min briefing about the mission and rover features
    • 30 min 'Sandbox' tutorial mission
    • Beginner rover driver certificate (digital)
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    3×rover mission - exclusive beta-tester

    Become an experienced rover driver!
    You'll get certain tasks to complete in 3 real-life locations.
    Connect to a rover located in our test facility and control it from your computer via Internet.

    Includes:
    • 10 min briefing about the mission and rover features
    • 30 min 'Sandbox' tutorial mission
    • 30 min 'Mars Rover' mission
    • 30 min 'Urban Explorer' mission
    • Experienced rover driver certificate (digital)
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    NEW - limited time - Turtle Maker Kit

    Build your own open source Turtle from scratch! (3D printer needed)
    All the essential laser cut and CNC machined parts included.
    See what else is included under 'rewards' tab.

    Includes:
    • CNC machined parts: wheels
    • DC wheel motors
    • Laser cut parts: suspension, casing
    • Robotic Arm kit (no servos)
    • Turtle HAT (electronics controller)
    • Bearings, shafts, sleeves
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    Pledge €1,147 or more About $1,348

    Super Early Bird Turtle Rover

    This package includes one assembled Turtle Rover + a robotic arm.
    You save €850 off retail price!

    Includes:
    • Turtle Rover
    • Robotic Arm
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    Developer Kit Turtle Rover

    Build your own rover from scratch! Add Raspberry Pi, a battery, servos and wires by yourself - learn and have fun! We'll share our know how via e-mails/Skype conversations/webinairs.

    Includes:
    • Turtle Rover kit (no RaspberryPi, no battery)
    • All tools needed to assemble the rover
    • 1 year of support (via Skype/mail)
    • Robotic Arm kit (no servos)
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    Pledge €1,547 or more About $1,819

    Early Bird Turtle Rover

    This package includes one assembled Turtle Rover + a robotic arm.
    You save €450 off retail price!

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    Pledge €1,647 or more About $1,936

    Kickstarter Special Turtle Rover

    This package includes one assembled Turtle Rover + a robotic arm.
    You save €350 off retail price and get one remote rover mission for free! You'll get certain tasks to complete while steering Turtle remotely, using only your computer connected to WiFi.

    Includes:
    • Turtle Rover
    • Robotic Arm
    • 10 min briefing about the mission and rover features
    • 30 min rover mission
    • Beginner rover driver certificate (digital)
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    2 x Turtle Rover

    This package includes two assembled Turtle Rovers + robotic arms.
    Buy Turtle twins and have fun with your friends!
    You save €994 off retail price!

    Includes:
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    • Robotic Arm
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    5 x Turtle Rover

    This package includes five assembled Turtle Rovers + robotic arms.
    Buy set of 5 Turtle and use it for robotic courses!
    You save €2838 off retail price and get customized software and support for free!

    Includes:
    • Turtle Rover
    • Robotic Arm
    • Customized software
    • Customized color / branding
    • 1 year of support (via Skype/mail)
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