NASA Mars Rover Concept by Parker Brothers Concepts

Futuristic NASA Mars Rover Is How Humans Will Roll On The Red Planet

Mars is currently explored by robotic rovers, but in future, it will be done by humans and the futuristic vehicle you see here could be the Mars-mobile of choice. Built by Parker Brothers Concepts with advice of NASA engineers, this futuristic military-ish 6,000 lbs (2,721 kilograms) six-wheeler has room for up to four passengers and not surprisingly, it can also serve as a mobile laboratory when roaming around the Red Planet. The vehicle may look small from the image, with a rather large cockpit to body ratio, but looks can be deceiving as it actually stretches a lengthy 28 feet (8.5 meters) long, 14 feet (4.3 meters) wide and 11 feet (3.3 meters) tall.

NASA Mars Rover Concept by Parker Brothers Concepts

Like the Curiosity, Mars Rover Concept is powered by an electric drivetrain which draws energy from a 700V battery pack while solar panels supplement the power it requires to perform low-speed observations. The electric motor enables up to 70 mile an hour (112 km/h), however, its purpose is not to make land speed record on Mars; instead it will be making a steady 10-15 mph (16-24 km/h) cruise most of the time (in Mars’ atmosphere, in we may add) and looking at the terrains Mars has to offer, it is unlikely to be going at speeds, well, that’s unless the crew happened to be pursue by aliens. Then again, that is also probably an unlikely scenario.

Anyways, speaking of terrain, the vehicle is obviously designed to handle the unforgiving and harsh conditions of Mars and therefore, it is outfitted with rugged suspension system with an unusually high ground clearance, and massive 50-inch air-less wheels, which appears to be part of the suspension system. The NASA Mars Rover Concept was unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center and on display as part of the Summer of Mars exhibition at the Visitor Complex from now until end of June. After which it will tour the U.S., hitting up the East Coast cities like Atlanta, New York City, Jersey City, and Washington, D.C. Skip ahead to catch the event launch video.

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Images: NASA/Kennedy Space Center.

H/T: Carscoops/designboom.

  • Secundius

    Did anyone Factor Gravity in the Vehicles Speed?/! 70mph on Earth is ~184.2mph on Mars!/? Even 10-15mph equates to ~26.3 to ~39.4mph on Mars. Not to mention the Center of Gravity of the Vehicle is going to be ~2.63x’s Higher on Mars…

    • We agree. However, being a concept (a fancy one, we must say), it subjects to further tweaks and fine tuning. It probably won’t do 70 mph, much less 184 mph on the red planet. 26-ish sounds like a good speed, but we are sure they’d be crawling around more than ‘cruising’.

      • Secundius

        Hope the Tread Sections of the Wheels are made of Ballistic Kevlar, and NOT Rubber.
        Because Rubber won’t last long in a Near Vacuum…

        • I think we may have read something about Kevlar being used. Though not sure if it was on the tires or something else.

          • Secundius

            Metal Pressure Vessel Rover would probably be too Heavy and Expensive to Transport to Mars!/? Probably either a “Cermet” (Ceramic/Metal Composite) “aka Aluminum Oxynitride” or a “Bigelow” Kevlar Pressure Vessel instead. Hell it could probably even be Built on Mars using a Direct Metal Sintering Printer Module, using Fe3O2 (Ironsand) as a Printers Medium. If the Martian Soil is actually Iron Rich…