Everyone has to start somewhere. We're starting on Mars.
The Tumbleweed is a new approach to Mars exploration. Tumbleweeds are rovers that are deployed in swarms and dropped over the Martian poles. The up to 360 km/h strong winds propel them randomly towards the equator, while they collect valuable data on-the-roll. In order to plan human missions and settlements or commercial use of Martian resources, extensive knowledge of its surface is vital. The Tumbleweeds can be configured for each mission individually and provide a fast, cheap, and efficient solution to conduct scientific research. The gathered data has wide applications and can be used to create maps, select interesting research targets for follow-up missions, find useful resources, and scout optimal landing spots.
Faster than traditional rovers
100 Tumbleweeds can cover more than 50% of the Martian north pole in less than 20 days.
Taking the cubesat idea further
The Tumbleweed has standardized payload bays for scientific and commercial payloads.
Making Mars affordable
Through mass production and modularity, we bring exploration costs down to a minimum.
Data transmission rates are limited. Our rovers know what's important to send.
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Young Entrepreneur’s Conference 2019 1st place for Team Tumbleweed The YEC (Young Entrepreneurs Conference) is Austria’s leading event for ambitious and student-entrepreneurs. The event poses a unique opportunity for anyone up to the age of 18 to pitch their innovative idea in front of like-minded people and industry experts, as well as network with and[…]
Odysseus Space Contest Final 1st place for Team Tumbleweed After winning the national and regional stages of the Odysseus space contest, we were honored to participate at the international final at the Cité de l’espace of CNES in Toulouse, France. The jury was composed of astronaut and former French politician Claudie Haigneré, as well as[…]
oman mission AMADEE-18 by the Austrian Space Forum During February 2018, the Austrian Space Forum conducted the AMADEE-18 Mars simulation in the Dhofar desert region, Oman, and we were part of it! A Tumbleweed prototype with a diameter of 2.25 m was tested three times. Our solar cells worked, and we were able to prove[…]
First AM aluminum parts After many iterations of the new connector design were printed from PLA with our own 3D-printers, we finally received a test print made out of aluminum from our partners at FH Wiener Neustadt and Fotec. The connector was produced with a laser sintering 3D printer and will be thoroughly tested after we remove[…]
Tumbleweed at the Museum of Technology A model of the Tumbleweed and the electronics bay of the prototype tested in Oman is now part of the permanent exhibition at the Museum of Technology in Vienna. Stop by and say hello to our babies! Click here Click here
Moonshot Pirates Bootcamp Inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs At the Moonshot Pirates Bootcamp in Tainach, Carinthia, we had the opportunity to present our project to a new generation of inspired young entrepreneurs. Our goal was to show what a project that started out in a similar vein to theirs could evolve into and that[…]
GATE PROGRAM Cooperating with the Vienna University of Economics and Business From March to June 2019, Team Tumbleweed participated in the GATE program organized by the WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business). This program is a university course where individuals with an innovative and technical solution collaborate with business students, who help these entrepreneurs[…]
Paving our #ROADTOMARS
Completing, testing, and presenting the final Earth-grade prototype. Focus on finding additional sponsors and partners for the next development cycle.
Starting the development of a Mars-grade prototype with teams at Stanford University, TU Delft, and TU Wien.
Finishing the Mars-grade version. Getting approval for a real Mars mission. Opening call for commercial and scientific payloads.
End of 2026
Concluding the production of 100 Tumbleweeds and integrating all payloads. Launching and conducting first Tumbleweed Mars mission.