I always wanted to create a very functional Nasa inspired design. I had a great opportunity to do a Gnomon workshop on Sept. 29th and decided to build a Nasa Submersible Robotic Probe.
Imagining a scenario where the space exploration keeps going in an accelerated rate and in the future human kind could land on Jupiter's moon Europa. Many scientists believe Europa contains liquid water under the thick ice layer. The Nautillus probe is designed to be deployed on the freezing water and explore the depth of the moon ocean after another probe deploys a highly advanced drill to go through almost 1 mile of ice (I'm planning on design that as well):
In order to stabilize itself for more precise exploration, the Nautillus is able to deploy legs that have pistons to drill into surfaces:
I started with some quick sketches on paper then moved to 3d for some blockouts. I was able to figure out the overall proportions and experiment with the whole mech transformation:
Shaded render of the final model: