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Make an Exploring Rover from Scratch

Informational Guide on the Duskwork's Exploring Rovers and trivia on previous usage from the Ad Astra Landings.
Exploring Rovers were the first rovers remotely controlled on Mars. Following their extensive usage during the Ad Astra Landings, the little rovers became famous. They held several important jobs on the initial landings such as exploration, research, small-scale mining, and construction. They were so important and influential that they had statues constructed in central locations all across the Ad Astra Development Zone.
The Duskwork's Exploring Rovers are based off of the original designs except instead of being manually remote controlled, more advanced AI has been implemented to allow it to go on its own expeditionary missions with plausible deniability.
As a self-reliant Martian, you will have a chance to learn how to produce all the necessary materials and parts to make your rovers. At the moment, you can create two types of rovers: Hauling and Exploring.
On this page, we will look at how to get from nothing to a Exploring Rover in a couple of days. We'll overview the process and then show you the details of each step in the process.
Here is a list of all the buildings and the recipes you'll need to use to create the Exploring Rover.
​Smelter:
Recipe
Output
Smelt Aluminum
2-15 Aluminum Ore
Smelt Titanium
2-15 Titanium Ore
Smelt Iron
2-15 Iron Ore
Smelt Copper
2-15 Copper Ore
Recipe
Output
Make Aluminum Plate
2-10 Aluminum Plate
Make Titanium Plate
2-10 Titanium Plate
Make Machined Parts
1-4 Machined Parts
Weld Rover Chassis
1-2 Rover Chassis
Make Rover Wheels
1-2 Rover Wheels
​3D Print Shop​
Recipe
Output
Make Electronic Parts
1-4 Electronic Parts
Make Structural Parts
1-4 Structural Parts
Recipe
Output
Produce Methane
1 Methane | 2 Water
Split Water
2 Hydrogen | 1 Oxygen
​Water Filter​
Recipe
Output
Filter Water
16 Water | 4 Regolith
​Mining Rig​
Recipe
Output
Any Regolith Mining Task
100-200 Regolith
​C.A.D.​
Recipe
Output
Capture Carbon Dioxide
1-15 Carbon Dioxide.
And of course, you'll need a RoverWorks, to complete the build and send your Rover out on missions!
For our first step in the make a explorer rover process, we'll need to dig up some regolith off of the Mars surface. You'll need to head on over to your Mining Rig.
Down in the Tasks section, you'll want to mining some Regolith. For Regolith Mining I, you'll need:
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 2 Stamina
  • 20 Power
Now that we've set up our Mining Rig, we'll go locate our Sabatier Reactor and open it up.
Just like in the previous step, we go down to the Tasks section and we're going to do the task: Split Water I, this will split the water and give us some Hydrogen for making PVC and Oxygen. You will need:
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 1 Stamina
  • 1 Water
  • 10 power
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In order to make the extremely important, yet smelly gas of Methane for later production of PVC, you'll need to use the Produce Methane task and have the following:
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 2 Stamina
  • 1 Carbon Dioxide
  • 4 Hydrogen
  • 10 Power
The Sabatier Reactor creates a bit of water, but we'll need more later on to create the PVC plastic for our more advanced recipes. You can head over to your Water Filter to produce more water.
The filtering process will take the ice that you recovered off of the Mars surface or purchased from any of your fellow settlers and filter it into pure Water. You do this process by choosing the task: Filter Water. You will need:
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 1 Stamina
  • 40 Ice
  • 10 Power
Next, let have our C.A.D. produce carbon dioxide, you'll need this to smelt steel later on:
The Cryogenic Atmospheric Distiller, will pull air out of the atmosphere, freeze it and then further distill it into its individual parts. For this step we'll be pulling Carbon Dioxide out of it. Use the Capture Carbon Dioxide task, you'll need:
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 1 Stamina
  • 40 Power
Next, we're going to use the Smelter to smelt out various ores from the Regolith, as such you'll want a decent amount of Regolith before these next steps.
The following ores will be necessary for the production of a Rover.
  • Aluminum Ore
  • Titanium Ore
  • Steel
  • Iron Ore
  • Copper Ore
Let's make some Aluminum Ore first, you want to click on "SMELT ALUMINUM" and make sure you have the following resources. Aluminum will be used for various parts of the Rover, including Machined Parts.
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 5 Stamina
  • 1,000 Regolith
  • 40 Power
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Next, let's make some Titanium Ore. You want to click on "SMELT TITANIUM" and make sure you have the following resources. Titanium plates will be used to create Structural Parts.
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 4 Stamina
  • 2500 Regolith
  • 40 Power
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Next, we want to make iron. Click on "SMELT IRON" and make sure you have the following resources. The Iron will mostly be used to make Steel.
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 500 Regolith
  • 2 Stamina
  • 40 Power
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Next, we want to make some steel. Click on "SMELT STEEL" and make sure you have the following resources. Steel, like Titanium will be used to create Structural Parts.
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 3 Stamina
  • 10 Carbon Dioxide
  • 15 Iron Ore
  • 40 Power
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Finally, we want to make copper. Click on "SMELT COPPER" and make sure you have the following resources. These are going to be used in electrical components of the Rover, specifically the Electrical Parts.
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 1500 Regolith
  • 3 Stamina
  • 40 Power
Next on our list is to make some PVC. We can do this in the Chem Lab.
Click on the "MAKE PVC" button and make sure you have the following resources. PVC will be used in the construction of Electrical Parts.
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 1 Stamina
  • 10 Methane
  • 10 Hydrogen
  • 10 Water
  • 40 Power
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Next, we need our Machine shop where we will create all of these:
  • Aluminum Plate
  • Titanium Plate
  • Machined Parts
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First let's click on the "MAKE ALUMINUM PLATE" button and make sure you have the following resources.
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 3 Stamina
  • 5 Aluminum Ore
  • 40 Power
Next, Click on the "MAKE TITANIUM PLATE" button, and make sure you have the following resources.
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 3 Stamina
  • 5 Titanium Ore
  • 40 Power
Next, Click "MAKE MACHINED PARTS" and make sure you have the following resources
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 5 Stamina
  • 5 Steel
  • 5 Aluminum Plate
  • 40 Power
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Now that we have the required metal plates and PVCs, let's use our 3D Print Shop to make the structural and electronics parts.
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First let's click on "MAKE STRUCTURAL PARTS" and make sure you have the following resources
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 4 Stamina
  • 10 Steel
  • 3 Titanium Plates
  • 5 Aluminum Plates
  • 40 Power
Next, Let's click on the "MAKE ELECTRONICS PARTS" button, and make sure you have the following resources.
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 5 Stamina
  • 10 Copper Ore
  • 2 PVC
  • 500 Regolith
  • 40 Power
After making those items, head back to the Machine Shop I. We're going to make:
  • Rover Chassis
  • Rover Wheels
Now, click on the "WELD ROVER CHASSIS" button, and make sure you have the following resources.
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 8 Stamina
  • 4 Structural Parts
  • 5 Machined Parts
  • 120 Power
Following that, let's click on the "MAKE ROVER WHEELS" button and make sure you have the following resources
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 4 Stamina
  • 2 Aluminum Plate
  • 2 Titanium Plate
  • 40 Power
And finally, to RoverWorks! Here we will assemble our Exploring Rover.
Click on "ASSEMBLE EXPLORER ROVER" and make sure you have the following resources:
  • 1 Task Capacity
  • 8 Stamina
  • 3 Machined Parts
  • 8 Electronics Parts
  • 1 Rover Chassis
  • 4 Rover Wheels
After finishing the "ASSEMBLE EXPLORER ROVER" task, you are rewarded with a sparkling new Exploring Rover.