Sol-X - Mars Aerial Rover

This project will allow us to gather large amounts of data from the planet’s surface faster and with greater detail than any other mission to thus far. Data that can be used to aid in future research for both the private and the public sector. Research that can be used to promote future manned missions, aid in the discovery of potential resource deposits or archaeological and biological discoveries.


The project plan and the progress established to this point have been funded exclusively by the OpenRobotix Team.   However, OpenRobotix cannot complete this project without support from enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and partners. 


Therefore, the project will be financed in part by investments from the private sector. In order to accept investments.  The project plan and design will be updated and/or modified according to the results Phase 1. The project roadmap represents an estimate of what to expect as we proceed through to Phase 3 and deployment.


The race to claim Mars is on!  We anticipate the main purpose of the drone will be to collect detailed mineral and land formation data that can be used to determine potential resource deposits that are likely present on or beneath the planet’s surface for future private use.



Risks and challenges


​The primary risk to the successful completion of this project is funding. Other risks include:


A. Technology Limitations
B. Logistic complications with private space exploration firms
C. Competition with other companies with like projects


Other risks include cost overruns. The risk for cost overrun in the Mars Aerial Rover Project will be significantly reduced by using existing proven technologies and methods. About 50% of the cost is associated with pre-deployment testing and deployment. As deployment and launch will be contracted by an outside company, there is always the possibility the cost of launch is subject to change. Consequently, this poses the highest risk for overruns. We hope to solidify a contract with a launching company by the end of 2017.  The proposed project budget does account for a 5% to 10% margin of error for cost overruns and overhead.  The project's risk analysis profile will continue to evolve and improve over the next two to three years prior to launch and deployment to the planet's surface.


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