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Viking '75 Mars Lander Construction, Looking for Viking lander design/construction information
post Jun 27 2017, 09:45 AM
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QUOTE (Tom Dahl @ Jun 27 2017, 08:01 AM) *
...boom extend-retract drive mechanism...

Wonderful stuff.... Thanks for sharing this with us here... Thinking out loud, I wonder if we'll ever see any of the Mars rovers in this or similar format smile.gif Probably not in my lifetime...

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post Jun 28 2017, 05:31 AM
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Thanks. Always wondered how that worked.
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post Aug 4 2017, 04:14 PM
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The Viking lander's Surface Sampler Acquisition Assembly (SSAA) is complete, for now at least. The SketchUp model file is available at the 3D Warehouse. The final set of components to be finished included the boom supports and guides:
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Here is the overall lander (still missing most external components) with the SSAA and its Collector Head in place (the second view shows the collector head fully retracted):
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This view shows the surface sampler with its Collector Head Shroud Unit (CHSU) attached and configured for launch, cruise to Mars, and landing wherein the SSAA is pivoted down to engage the triangular restraint post. The CHSU sealed the ultra-clean and sterilized collector head:

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