The Personal Exploration Rover
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is it solar powered?
No, the PERs run off of nickel metal hydride batteries. The solar panels are not real.
How long can they run?
Roughly ten hours on one charged battery pack.
How many PERs exist?
How much do they cost?
Since the PERs are not mass produced, the cost varies depending on
how many robots are built at a time. Acroname is considering building
50 robots with the estimated cost per robot at about $8000. (See
the next question.)
Can I buy one?
We have associates who are considering a batch build of 50 PERs if they
can get advance orders for the purchase of 50 or more total robots. If you
are interested in purchasing one or more robots, please let them know by
contacting Steve Richards. The
cost per robot will be roughly $8000. When the total number of orders
reaches 50, a build will be completed for you.
How are the PERs like NASA’s MERs?
The PERs were designed to mimic some of the features of the MERs but on a
smaller, less expensive scale. For a more detailed comparison, see the
Excel chart here.
What museums have PER exhibits?
The NASA/Ames Mars Center - Moffett Field, CA
The Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center - DC
2005 World Exposition - Japan
Past exhibits include:
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum - DC
The National Science Center – Augusta, GA
The San Francisco Exploratorium – San Francisco, CA
Is the exhibit interactive? How do visitors interact with the rover?
Yes, this is an interactive exhibit. Click on the link to see screen shots
computer kiosk and read a description of the exhibit interaction.
Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon
University was established in 1979
to conduct basic and applied research in robotic technologies.
It is part of the School of Computer Science.
This project was supported through the generosity of the NASA Ames
Intelligent Systems Program and Intel Corporation.
Questions? Comments? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since April 27, 2004