[Dprglist] NASA's CADRE Shoebox-Sized Robot Rovers

Doug Paradis paradug at gmail.com
Fri Nov 5 06:43:07 PDT 2021

     Here is another good article discussing "CADRE"'s purpose (see:
I wish they showed their rover design a bit more. It looks to have a lot of
3D printed parts in the prototype. Other observations are that each wheel
is driven by an individual motor like Dagu Wild Thumper designs (see:
https://www.pololu.com/product/1564) and the top of the final rover, not
the test rover, is to be covered with solar cells (see:
I wish we had a better view of the rover's suspension. That is the design
feature that really interests me currently.The rover shown in the article
doesn't appear to be a folding robot A-PUFFER variation.

    NASA seems to be really investigating the idea of multiple small robots
launched from the delivery vehicle after landing (A-PUFFER and CADRE).

Doug P.

On Thu, Nov 4, 2021 at 8:09 PM Jeff Koenig via DPRGlist <
dprglist at lists.dprg.org> wrote:

> I thought this was interesting.  This is the first time I've heard of
> NASA's "CADRE" project, and I'm hoping to learn more about it.
> https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/a-cadre-of-mini-rovers-navigate-the-lunar-terrain-of-slope
> Best Robo-Regards,
> Jeff
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