Making Mars exploration faster, cheaper, and more efficient.
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.
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 and TU Wien.
Finishing the Mars-grade version. Getting approval for a real Mars mission. Opening call for commercial and scientific payloads.
End of 2025
Concluding the production of 100 Tumbleweeds and integrating all payloads. Launching and conducting first Tumbleweed Mars mission.