Nasa creates a bizarre Mars rover concept that looks like the Batmobile

Nasa creates a bizarre Mars rover concept that looks like the Batmobile

Nasa creates a bizarre Mars rover concept that looks like the Batmobile

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A full-sized Nasa Mars rover has been in development since late 2016, and it looks a lot like the Batmobile.

The angular concept vehicle has six wheels, is made entirely of carbon fibre and aluminium, and is solar-powered.

It was designed to accommodate four astronauts and has its own detachable laboratory – though the rover will never travel to the red planet.

A full-sized Nasa Mars rover has been in development since late 2016, and it looks a lot like the Batmobile. The angular concept vehicle has six wheels, is made entirely of carbon fibre and aluminium, and is battery-powered

Its six wheels are 50 inches (1.3m) tall, 30 inches (75cm) wide, and are specially designed with air ducts to let the coarse red sands of Mars slip through, Business Insider reports.

The 28 feet (8.5m) long, 13 feet (4m) wide, and 11 feet (3.4m) tall vehicle has not been officially weighed, but its developers estimate it reaches 5,000 pounds (2,250kg).

Nasa have yet to officially announce the project but video and images of the bizarre vehicle began to appear on social media earlier this week.

It is now on display at the Nasa Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex in Florida.

A video of the rover posted to Instagram on Tuesday shows the vehicle patrolling a road in front of the complex.

It was built by a collaborative team of engineers, an unnamed cable television network and a company that specialises in building concept vehicles.

Marc Parker, a designer and builder of the new rover, told Business Insider that the buggy is a six-wheeled, all-electric vehicle that was created ‘with every intention’ of overcoming rocky obstacles on Mars.

He said that the rover could hit top speeds of 60-70 miles per hour (95-110kph), but would not disclose its cost.

‘What we actually came up with was a dual-purpose vehicle. It actually separates in the middle,’ he said.

‘The rear section is a full lab, the front area is a cockpit for going out and doing scouting.

‘The lab section can actually disconnect … and be left on its own to do autonomous research.

The rover was designed to accommodate four astronauts to explore the surface of Mars and acts as a portable laboratory. Its six wheels are 50 inches (1.3m) tall, 30 inches (75cm) wide, and are specially designed with ducts to let the coarse red sands of Mars slip through

‘That way the scout vehicle can go out to do its thing without the fuel consumption and extra weight, then come back later.’

Unfortunately, the sci-fi concept will never touch down on the red planet.

Nasa is taking it on a cross-country tour of the US for the agency’s upcoming ‘Summer of Mars’ event, Mr Parker said.

The educational programme is designed to inspire the public about space exploration.

Mr Parker and his brother Shanon started work on the rover in November after Nasa approached them with the idea.

Their company, Parker Brothers Concepts, normally builds ‘outlandish’ vehicles for movie and TV productions.

But Nasa did not fund the rover, Mr Parker said, which instead relied on financing from a private company involved in the project.

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