Topic: Exploration Vehicle
Background: In the far future, when mankind has flooded the universe, intergalactic colonisation will reach a point where people can have their very own moon, astroid or even planet, simply because there are millions of worlds and just too few people to occupy them all. Alien life has not yet been discovered (at least, not with any intelligence beyond plants and primitive animals).
Although owning a planet might be easy, actually living on it in often harsh or at least unfamiliar circumstances isn't cheap. Getting there and setting up a basecamp will allready drain most settlers of their savings, so there is not much money left to put any satelites in orbit or set up any other sophisticated way to observe and explore ones property. Most settlers will therefore have to do with a pretty simple (meaning: not a luxury yacht that get them wherever they want in an instant) exploration vehicle. Also, while watching your planet from a distance could be interesting, most settlers prefer to go for the adventure and explore the old fashioned way by going there themselves.
There are a few basic functions that this vehicle needs have: Not only does it need to be able to cross any terrain, withstand any weather condition or atmoshpere, but it also acts as a forward base, mobile home and laboratorium.
1. Design an exploration vehicle.
2. The most important constraint is that it should move over land and/or water. I don't want to see any fancy spaceships or aircrafts. Hovercrafts are ok though.
3. It has to incorporate the functions as mentioned in the background story.
4. Optional: Show the main hazards of the the environment your vehicle is going to operate in or show the environment with the vehicle in it.
Deadline: Sunday October 14 2007