Stage Three Funding for Starchaser Rover
October 27, 2005
The UK Space Tourism Company, Starchaser Industries through their Director, Paul Young has generously donated another UKP 20,000 (AU$ 46,723) for Stage 3 of the construction of the Starchaser Marsupial Rover project.
This funding will cover the final construction and fit out of the rover before it becomes operational, which is expect to be June 2006.
The analogue Starchaser Rover is being built by the Mars Society Australia in Western Australia to replicate the type of vehicle that would be used by long distance explorers on the surface of the Red Planet. The project arose from a competition by the Mars Society in the US to raise awareness of the need for vehicles to provide simulations for crews prior to sending the first interplanetary explorers to Mars.
Built to carry 2-3 persons, the Starchaser Rover is based on a stretched
long wheelbase forward control Landrover chassis and running gear powered
by a Toyota engine. The vehicle will be convertible from full cabin to ute
(pick-up) configuration, a d will be complete with airlock, toilet
facilities, head-up displays, GPS navigation equipment, spacesuits for
simulated EVAs, hydraulic robotic arm, long range fuel tanks etc.