Turtle Rover – World’s First Earth Rover

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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.

Turtle Rover is the world’s first remote-controlled mobile robot capable of working in rough terrain, which is still within the private user’s budget.

It is an RC-robot that allows you to mount any equipment on and to record in places such as caves, water reservoirs, and ruins. It also gives you the freedom to add extensions for specific usages. This capability is made possible thanks to the mounting surface on the top of the rover, open electronics based on Raspberry Pi, and open-source code.

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!


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!

With our mobile app and long-range communication capabilities, you don’t have to be where Turtle is. The rover streams a live HD camera view and lets you see where you are going, even if it’s out of your sight. 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.


Read the sidebar for more details. PS: retail price will be 1997EUR!

Read the sidebar for more details. PS: retail price will be 1997EUR!

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.

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

But have we forgotten about the beautiful things that surround us? Do we spend enough time simply having fun? Why do we want to explore other planets when we haven’t fully experienced the beauty of Earth?

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 Rover—a robot to remind you about how beautiful the Earth is.

Use Turtle for your specific needs...
Use Turtle for your specific needs…

...or simply have fun and explore the world!
…or simply have fun and explore the world!

From 2012, we’ve been involved in the development of Mars rover prototypes at the Wroclaw University of Technology. The rovers performed with top scores during the Mars Society University Rover Challenges, worldwide. We took a leap of faith in sending our Project FREDE experiment to the stratosphere with the support of ESA, DLR and SSC. Our team helped to design and manufacture electronic enclosures for the DREAM Project that was sent to space with the REXUS rocket.

Last year, we decided to make space technology available for everyone. Our idea is to bring personal robotics to a new level. We want to give you—makers, a simple, yet reliable platform to take your projects outdoors. That’s how the idea of Turtle Rover was born.

See more in the 'prototype gallery' section on the top.
See more in the ‘prototype gallery’ section on the top.

First drafts of Turtle were made in May 2016. We started with a blank sheet of paper and a lot of robotics experience. We left our jobs and started working in a basement, investing all our savings in the rover. From the beginning, we wanted to make the rover waterproof, foolproof, and open source—to make it reliable enough so you wouldn’t have to worry about breaking it or losing in a harsh terrain.

First things first, we managed to buy a second-hand industrial 3-D printer and, though the most of the rover design involved CAD modelling, the printer became a tool we couldn’t succeed without. We became makers. We managed to become industrial designers, graphic designers, production engineers, and marketers, all in one. After several loops of design, we’ve completed three fully functional prototypes, refining the production methods and quality management. Yet, it wasn’t until just recently that we realized Turtle is the World’s sturdiest open source platform, with an uncompromised design and material quality. The only limit is your (and our) imagination. Trust us—it will be fun!

We’re passionate travelers and engineers.

Since 2013, we have been engaged in building analog mars rovers. We participated in other projects, e.g., sending research equipment into the stratosphere, organized by the German, Swedish, and European Space Agencies.

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.

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.

We have just one more little thing to tell you—if we reach our goal, we will shave our heads completely bald (well, only guys). After all the nights working on the campaign, we look like Planet of Apes heroes. Don’t let us wait long. We want to look like human beings again!

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This article and images were originally posted on [New Projects] August 22, 2017 at 04:53PM

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