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wow,that is so cool!
This project looks interesting, I hope you can get it going! These would be very helpful in many situations that humans can not get to or even want to go.
I have seen many of this type of rover and still wonder why they are not being used in a commercial sense or for that fact any other reason, they make an excellent explorer for just about any application.
Sorry to say that the project was cancelled in the Fall of 2005. Could not get enough funding to go beyond the prototype phase. Consequently Openware Robotics, (A DBA of Openware Logistx) closed its doors in 2007.
The Explorbot had much potential as a production grade platform. At the time, it was the only MCP (multi-configurable platform) in existence; also it was an experiment in SARM (Sequential Access Robotic Memory); the ability to remember and recall events that would aid in navigating; and terrain mapping.
The Explorbot version shown in the images is the PTX 4.3. The final prototype and pre-production version was the PTX 4.7.
Thanks for the positive comments ...