Looks like NASA engineers have been working closely with Batman characters Alfred Pennyworth or Lucius Fox to develop this vehicle which turned out to be a Mars rover.
The mystery machine went viral on a Reddit thread “what is this thing.”
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The post asked “What is this beast?!” which is definitely a viable question upon first glance. The answer is just as cool as if it had been commissioned by Bruce Wayne himself.
The new prototype #MarsRover fully #SeaDeked We work on a lot of cool project but this is one of the coolest. Thank you to #NASA and #ParkerBrothersConcepts for the opportunity to be a part of this visionary endeavor. #SpaceDek @nasa @parkerbrosconcepts @seadek @kennedyspacecenter #SeaDekMars #GenuineSeaDek #SeaDek #MarineFlooring #MarineDecking #MarineNonskid #boattraction #marinenonskid #BoatFlooring #CarpetStinks #ULA #SPACEX #madeintheUSA
The vehicle is a prototype NASA rover used for the Kennedy Space Center’s “Summer of Mars” public education series. The rover will travel across the country in hopes to inspire people throughout the United States to learn more about space exploration. While NASA said the concept car isn’t exactly a NASA-sponsored project, their engineers consulted with the creative team behind the project.
While this particular concept vehicle won’t travel to Mars, it doesn’t mean it was an easy or cheap project. Brothers Marc and Shanon Parker were approached by NASA with the idea. Parker Brothers Concepts specializes in “outlandish” rides for films and tv shows. Marc Parker told Business Insider that they built the ride from scratch between November 2016 to early April 2017.
“Me and the guys, we averaged about 80 to 100 hours a week, each,” Marc told Business Insider. “We worked 10-, 12-, 14-hour days, seven days a week since late last year. If I thought about how many hours we put into this thing, I’d probably cry. It’s way too many.”
Headed to Mars with @marcparker new Mars Rover for @nasa @kennedyspacecenter . A sneak peek inside. Just a note- the engine sound is not the rover- it’s all electric -FYI #electric #allelectric #marsrover #redplanet #spaceship #spaceexploration #spacecoast #redrocks #dreambig #dreambigbuildbigger #parkerbrothersconcepts #parkerbrothers #summerofmars
Parker noted he and his team had to follow the same parameters NASA has to meet in its new legal mandate to put a man on Mars by 2033.
It could either be a scouting vehicle or a full research lab. They effectively left everything else up to Parker Brothers Concepts.
“What we actually came up with was a dual-purpose vehicle. It actually separates in the middle. The rear section is a full lab, the front area is a cockpit for going out and doing scouting,” he said. “The lab section can actually disconnect … and be left on its own to do autonomous research. That way the scout vehicle can go out to do its thing without the fuel consumption and extra weight, then come back later.”
@parkerbrosconcepts unveil of the all new Mars Rover @kennedyspacecenter was an amazing accomplishment. Looking forward to the next collaboration. #SummerofMars #parkerbrothersconcepts #space #mars #marsrover #fabshop #dreambig #dreambigbuildbigger #cartunerz #nasa #nasa🚀 #nasaspacecenter #nasa現貨 #nextlevel #reallyworks #redplanet #awesome #awesomeness #hardworkpaysoff #badass #spacebitches #redrocks #spacecoast #spaceexploration #spaceship
For more information about Kennedy Space Center’s summer of Mars events, check out their website. Admission is also free to incoming fifth-grade students to get the most out of the events. The website very briefly mentions the Mars Rover concept.
“The rover will become a part of the new astronaut training experience, opening fall 2017,” the space center noted. “The Mars Rover will tour select cities on the east coast this summer. Cities and dates coming soon.”