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Nasa announces new rover mission to Mars in 2020
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post May 24 2019, 12:13 AM
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QUOTE (SpaceListener @ Mar 31 2019, 12:33 PM) *
Hope for a success laboratory! The helicopter can fly in Titan, Venus (I don't think it is feasible for such high temperature), and what else planet or moon the MHS can fly?


I was at a talk at the Vertical Lift Society (formerly American Helicopter Society) last week, where the speaker (from Aerovironment) noted that about 60% of the MHS battery energy is expended keeping the vehicle warm overnight on Mars.

On Titan, such a small vehicle would quickly freeze, and there is very little sunlight to drive the solar panel. Dragonfly relies on the 'waste' heat from an MMRTG to stay warm, as well as its electrical power to charge the battery for flight.
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post May 27 2019, 07:03 PM
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Any news on how / when the rover will be getting it's name? I haven't seen anything since the press release that PaulH51 mentioned earlier in this thread, either. I've made some vector versions of the original JPL insignia, the grey-and-white JPL insignia, and the NASA insignia for Mars 2020, if anybody's interested!



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post May 27 2019, 08:29 PM
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QUOTE (PhilipTerryGraham @ May 27 2019, 11:03 AM) *
Any news on how / when the rover will be getting it's [sic] name?

Good question. The selected organization was supposed to conduct a contest during the 2019 spring academic semester and submit the top 25 names to NASA by 31 July 2019, but given that that semester is nearly over and the selected organization hasn't even been announced AFAIK, it seems like this is behind schedule.

https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/viewre...6K%20Amend1.pdf


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post May 28 2019, 06:28 PM
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An email sent to the get info email for the solicitation returns an automated response indicating that the contest will "likely begin in the summer/fall of 2019." I don't know who was selected.


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post Jun 1 2019, 03:30 AM
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"NASA's Mars 2020 Gets HD Eyes" -- Mastcam-Z cameras installed on the remote sensing mast: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7414

Whoever wrote this managed to not mention the company that actually built the cameras. mad.gif


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post Jun 1 2019, 10:30 PM
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A few more tidbits are in this December 2018 article: http://www.marsdaily.com/reports/Mars_2020...at_ASU_999.html, such as 2 megapixel resolution.


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Today SuperCam leaves Toulouse for Los Angeles. wheel.gif wheel.gif wheel.gif
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QUOTE (scalbers @ Jun 1 2019, 02:30 PM) *
A few more tidbits... such as 2 megapixel resolution.

The electronics for MCZ are essentially identical to those of the MSL Mastcams, the major difference being that apart from the adjustable focal length, the optics fill the entire 1600x1200 active area of the sensor, rather than having vignetting at the corners which effectively reduces the area of the MSL Mastcams to something like 1400x1200.


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QUOTE (PhilipTerryGraham @ May 27 2019, 11:03 AM) *
Any news on how / when the rover will be getting it's name?

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-selects-p...st-seeks-judges

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Battelle Education, of Columbus, Ohio, and Future Engineers, of Burbank, California, will collaborate with NASA on the Mars 2020 “Name the Rover” contest, which will be open to students in Fall 2019.



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