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NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« on: 05/10/2017 12:15 PM »
Haven't seen/found this mentioned elsewhere, please correct me if I've missed it.

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Big big Reveal of Mars Rover at KSC Visitor Center!!!
https://twitter.com/janetepetro1/status/861729973463396354

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Sneak peak of the Mars Rover Concept Vehicle at #KennedySpaceCenter #SummerOfMars
https://twitter.com/ExploreSpaceKSC/status/861733891413086210

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #1 on: 05/10/2017 02:28 PM »
Looks like a Batman (TM) vehicle to me.  :)

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #2 on: 05/10/2017 03:14 PM »
Looks like a Batman (TM) vehicle to me.  :)

I have to agree - it's the Bat Rover.

In seriousness, I am unsure whether this is a stunt or a serious concept.  It looks like it could be useful, but it barely looks akin to the SEV rover designs.  I'm going to veer towards stunt.
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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #3 on: 05/10/2017 08:25 PM »
Looks like a Batman (TM) vehicle to me.  :)

I have to agree - it's the Bat Rover.

In seriousness, I am unsure whether this is a stunt or a serious concept.  It looks like it could be useful, but it barely looks akin to the SEV rover designs.  I'm going to veer towards stunt.
You don't know if it's serious - I think you're being too kind, it's a silly vehicle to sell ...something.  It has almost no practical value; why those wheels, why the shape, why have limited visibility? etc. etc. etc.
« Last Edit: 05/10/2017 08:27 PM by BrightLight »

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #4 on: 05/10/2017 08:34 PM »
Looks like some car show did a custom for PR. Smilar the OCC chopper a few years back.

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #5 on: 05/10/2017 08:50 PM »
LOL - the baby rover in front of it in the third picture is pretty funny too.

I mean, I get the desire to ignite interest in the mission to mars, but this is the worst kind of vaporware...
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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #6 on: 05/10/2017 08:51 PM »
Designed to look cool for display purposes, presumably.  It wouldn't attract much interest from visitors if it looked like the guy next door's RV.

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #7 on: 05/10/2017 08:57 PM »
Looks like the same rover in all the shots to my eye. The third and fourth pxs have the trailer/rear module detached.

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #8 on: 05/10/2017 09:09 PM »
Compare it to "The Martian" rover:

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #9 on: 05/10/2017 11:02 PM »
Looks like the same rover in all the shots to my eye. The third and fourth pxs have the trailer/rear module detached.

Baby rover...
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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #10 on: 05/10/2017 11:11 PM »
Inefficient design waste of potential cabin volume...
"The laws of physics are unforgiving"

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #11 on: 05/10/2017 11:18 PM »
 ;D Missed that entirely!!

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #12 on: 05/10/2017 11:30 PM »
The vehicle obviously has an aerodynamic shape. Aerodynamic shapes are designed to go through air. Air resistance is a major problem on Earth but Mars is a near vacuum, so it is the wrong shape.

The big problem on the Moon and Mars is life support. Has space been left aside for an ECLSS?
I do not see an oxygen tank.

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #13 on: 05/11/2017 06:09 AM »
Inefficient design waste of potential cabin volume...

The outer shell of the "Rover" seems to be design for anti-ballistics protection against small arms and small cannon projectiles. Any real crewed surface rovers will be design to have the maximum possible habitable volume available. The "Rover" design kind of reminded me of some of the old Cadillac-Gage armored car concepts.

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #14 on: 05/11/2017 07:06 AM »
 Maybe they are expecting an "illegal alien" attack. :D

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #15 on: 05/11/2017 11:37 AM »
Hah!  I knew that thing reminded me of some previous vehicles, besides a Batrover.

The first is the XM800 Scout vehicle.  (The top one in the web page.  I much preferred the lower one.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XM800_Armored_Reconnaissance_Scout_Vehicle

The second is this concept model of the AMT Amtronic.  It too separates into two pieces.

https://www.google.com/search?q=amt+amtronic&rlz=1T4GGHP_enUS693US694&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjgltL13-fTAhWFWSYKHfiTA1EQ7AkIOg&biw=1368&bih=727#imgrc=_B6I1RHbEHp0aM:&spf=1494502574132

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #16 on: 05/11/2017 11:58 AM »
Design aside, vehicle demonstrates how a useful manned rover might arrive in 2 pieces due to mass limits, and could rotate between 2 different power units on opposite days.  Power units could be recharged and serviced at base. 

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #17 on: 05/11/2017 05:46 PM »
An interesting concept; I admit I failed to think of that aspect.

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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #18 on: 05/11/2017 05:54 PM »
Here's an article with the background to the rover & its construction:

http://uk.businessinsider.com/nasa-mars-rover-prototype-seadek-2017-5?r=US&IR=T
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Re: NASA KSC Human Mars Rover Concept
« Reply #19 on: 05/11/2017 05:58 PM »
Lol... oh...
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