Planetary Probe Robot












Approximate size  65" deep x 80" wide x 5' 9" tall. Exhibit features an artificial terrain of a  hypothetical planet with a working probe robot which examines it's surroundings. The exhibit is  ideally suited for locations in the middle of the  floor as it is viewable from all sides through clear panels. This exhibit speaks it's directions when the Start Button is pushed.



 Explore an alien planet's terrain and find the 9 vital items needed

for the justification of future missions, before your power levels are exhausted.


To Operate The Probe; 

Press the Start Button. You are in command of forward, reverse, right turn and left turn.


As you move the probe across the surface, occasionally  press the scan button.

If an item is detected nearby, a yellow light will glow next to the name of the substance you are near. 


The probe is a remotely controlled robot which has a solar panel that supplements the power for the mobile unit by way of lights mounted in the top of the exhibit. The rest of the mobile units power in provided by a set of rechargeable batteries. The Control panel is designed to present a list of vital elements that you are looking for on a mission in the alien terrain. You must figure out the most likely sites and take readings within a specified length of time before the probe theoretically fails to operate due to the harsh environment. The device works by sending signals by IR. to the probe and receiving signals from sensors in the terrain.  The control panel is powered by 8 VDC derived from a power supply attached  to a 120 AC.

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Probe; the probe has a top mounted photovoltaic panel that provides supplemental power to the rechargeable battery pack in its base. The solar panels are a high quality encapsulated panel which are constructed with the same quality of photovoltaic materials used on satellites and actual probes in space.  The panel is backed by a rigid aluminum under layment.  The light that it converts into electricity for this purpose is from the lights in the top of the exhibit. The unit features 2 DC operated servos for the front wheels and a central pivot assembly that allow the front and back wheels to slant independently so that it can traverse convoluted surfaces. The wheel servos have high efficiency  motors that operate on low voltage and extremely low amperage with a high gear ratio. The unit is controlled by frequency modulated Infer Red  signals processed through the main board which in turn signals the logic which controls the DMOS based servo controllers.     

Control Panel; contains a joystick for maneuvering, a timed start button and a scan button. The control board operates the Probe with 4 channels  and can be adapted should the need arise to 16 channels for an additional fee.

Display Panel;  has a series of lights (LEDs) and a piezoelectric tone source that denote the detection of the elements. Light and tone are controlled by a number of photo  resistors which are embedded in the terrain.

IR. Transmitter Module; The transmitter uses 3 IR. emitters to provide ample signals to the probe. The IR. board provides frequency modulated signals which are easily locked on to by the receiver.

Sensors; the sensors are photo resistors which when embedded in the  terrain detect the movements in passing of the probe as its shadow cast across them.

Power Supply; The plug in portion of the unit is powered by 13.8 volts DC power supply and a 9 volt DC linear power supply. Timing is provided  by an adjustable module. Power distribution and fusing are board mounted next to the supply and include a standard barrier strip.

Landscape; We designed our landscape to look like a hypothetical planet scape. It features a perimeter mountainous area. The probe is designed to slip when trying to climb this rise to prevent it from tipping over. The rise itself is placed along the perimeter to prevent the probe from coming in contact with the case walls. We have placed the sensors in the landscape in areas that the probe can freely travel.  

7-year warranty against defects in our workmanship; Free Life-time phone/internet technical support; Life-time parts supply sourcing for our exhibits at wholesale prices. See more details below.

Our exhibits have a long service life expectancy, with many units still functioning smoothly at 10 years plus. They are so easy to maintain and repair, that it usually takes regular museum staff only 15 to 20 minutes.


Optional Accessories:  Voice Playback





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