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Build a ‘real’ Mars rover

Bill Marshall
Engineer, PhD, lecturer, freelance technical writer, blogger & tweeter interested in robots, AI, planetary explorers and all things electronic. STEM ambassador. Designed, built and programmed my first microcomputer in 1976. Still learning, still building, still coding today.


November 11, 2020 11:58

An interesting project, I am looking for a decent base for a autonomous project. I feel that the Microbit and Rpi Zero are too weak for a decent robot. I tend to use an Arduino for PMW and some IP operations.
I hope the M.A.R.S. rover kit can take a better computes(s)

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November 19, 2020 09:01

@Bonzadog As you say, the original Micro:bit only had an ARM Cortex-M0+ core processor. The new Mk.2 just issued has the far more powerful M4 core with a floating-point maths unit (FPU). If that is not enough then something more exotic could be added, perhaps communicating with the micro:bit using the I2C bus available on the rover's deck-mounted headers.

January 14, 2020 08:58

I just ordered a few of these for my robotics students. Will definitely provide updates.

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January 14, 2020 15:09

@DavidLockett I've just been sent the Raspberry Pi Zero adaptor for review. Looks good.

January 7, 2020 15:47

Very interesting -- I would love to build a Mars rover.
Can one follow you outside of Twitter....I dislike using much fake news there

January 8, 2020 09:00

@Bonzadog No fake news on @WilliamMarshal1 ! :-) Otherwise click the Follow button at the top of this article.

November 11, 2020 11:58

@Bill Marshall I will not use Twitter....ever. I am no longer keen on Facebook either.

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