In the residual dust of Monday’s launch of the country’s first moon rover aboard its Chang’e-3 lunar probe, and with the ‘Chinese dreams of reaching the moon tantalizingly close,’ excitement has gripped the people of China. But probably none so much as 25-year-old Mo Wei, who is now selling a DIY moon buggy on Taobao that he claims to be a ‘complete reproduction’ of the rover meant to land on the moon next weekend.
“I have years of technical and mechanical experience and have previously participated in a famous university moon rover project, I have a deep understanding of a moon rover’s all-terrain design and have completely reproduced the Jade Rabbit in style and structure. As you build the moon rover yourself you can learn about the technology in a relaxed way,” Mo wrote in the description on Taobao.
In a report published by SCMP, Mo claims that his buggy has been constructed to replicate the real-life rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, entirely.
“We spent a lot of time researching the machinery and structure and believe we have replicated it completely. Not to brag but this rover could be enlarged and remodelled to be a very powerful off-road vehicle,” he said.
He also added that he and his engineering team plan to make an oil-powered robot pet dog that will run faster than the US Army’s robotic cheetah.
According to his Taobao page, there have been no buyers yet, but we (and obviously Mo) are pretty confident the model will take off soon enough.
[via SCMP//Image via Taobao]