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post May 26 2006, 08:48 AM
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QUOTE (lyford @ May 26 2006, 05:00 AM) *
Like the "chrome" finish tongue.gif


Cool, they're sending a toaster! wink.gif
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post May 26 2006, 09:31 AM
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QUOTE (jamescanvin @ May 26 2006, 05:14 AM) *
That's a neat trick getting it to roll to a stop at the top of a nice hill!

That does rather suggest a 5-metre landing ellipse. laugh.gif

But, apart from its shiney-zingyiness (and surely that's so 1990's?) isn't it a wee bit familiar? Is this the ESA taking up the CCCP's torch that formerly produced the TU-144 and Buran? rolleyes.gif

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post May 26 2006, 10:17 AM
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At the first sight what looks much different to me are 3 "eyes" on top of that mast instead of 2 as in MERs. Is this 1. Red 2. Green 3. Blue or something else? Also, I cannot really see any navcams...


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post May 26 2006, 11:43 AM
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Here's one I prepared earlier!

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post May 26 2006, 01:40 PM
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QUOTE (jamescanvin @ May 26 2006, 05:14 AM) *


It surely is! biggrin.gif

And look at all those tiny flags on it!
Dressed for success!... smile.gif


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post May 27 2006, 02:40 PM
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And armed to kill!

I wonder if the motors on that segmented neck will be used only for deployment or if that camera platform will retain its flexibility throughout the mission (with how many degrees of freedom?). It could make some pretty awesome self-portraits!
There seems to be no IDD arm on the thing, other than that monstrous drilling device. So I guess all sample analysis will be done inside the machine?
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post May 28 2006, 01:27 AM
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QUOTE (Cugel @ May 28 2006, 12:40 AM) *
There seems to be no IDD arm on the thing, other than that monstrous drilling device. So I guess all sample analysis will be done inside the machine?


Yes there is, tucked under the front there.


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I hope they have some way to pop the drill assembly off the rover if it gets stuck - it'd be a bit of a pity if the drill simply screwed the thing solidly to one spot!

Hmmm... ...Pepsi, anyone?

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post May 30 2006, 11:40 AM
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Well, the ESA Marsrover ExoMars 2011 project is featured on the cover of ESA bulletin N 126 - May 2006. This is a FREE tri-monthly magazine by ESA publications on high quality glossy paper.
Great ExoMars article by the Microgravity & Exploration program dept of ESTEC - Noordwijk - Netherlands.
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QUOTE (karolp @ May 26 2006, 11:17 AM) *
At the first sight what looks much different to me are 3 "eyes" on top of that mast instead of 2 as in MERs. Is this 1. Red 2. Green 3. Blue or something else?


Well - actually, MER has 5 eyes on the mast. Two Pancams, Two Hazcams, and Mini-Tes...perhaps this is two variable focal length cameras, and then something TES like in the middle...OR...two wide angle navcams, and a zoom-able high res pancam in mono.
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QUOTE (PhilCo126 @ May 30 2006, 11:40 AM) *
Well, the ESA Marsrover ExoMars 2011 project is featured on the cover of ESA bulletin N 126 - May 2006. This is a FREE tri-monthly magazine by ESA publications on high quality glossy paper.
Great ExoMars article by the Microgravity & Exploration program dept of ESTEC - Noordwijk - Netherlands.


It's great, I saw this post while at work. then I arrived home to find the ESA rover looking up at me from the cover of the bulletin. It really is great, being free and all is even nicer! smile.gif

There's a nice article on SOHO too.


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post May 31 2006, 01:50 AM
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I notice the ExoMars rover as drawn in those pics has got quite large cleats on its wheels. Would larger ones have been useful on the MERs as well (for getting more easily out of sandtraps, say)?

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QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ May 26 2006, 04:39 AM) *
(The previously included drawings, unfortunately, have been removed from the website.)

http://ars.asi.it/bandi/marte2003/drill-ao-pip.html

Yes and no. The pics on that page do appear to be missing. However, there is a zip file here (about 850K):

http://ars.asi.it/bandi/marte2003/drill.ZIP

which contains an MS word document of the same article with the pics embedded.

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post May 31 2006, 09:41 PM
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QUOTE (Stephen @ May 30 2006, 08:50 PM) *
I notice the ExoMars rover as drawn in those pics has got quite large cleats on its wheels. Would larger ones have been useful on the MERs as well (for getting more easily out of sandtraps, say)?

Nope.

The best "tires" or wheels for sandy terrain are ones with very wide and flat with octogonal strips. The cleats does not help anything but to worse the traction capability due to a lower contact surface area. The cleats are only good for firm lands.

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British Scientists Unveil Latest Craft To Search For Life On Mars

London, England (AFP) Jun 12, 2006

British scientists on Monday took the wraps off a prototype craft to search for signs of life on Mars, hailing it the smartest piece of equipment ever designed for exploration of the red planet.

http://www.marsdaily.com/reports/British_S...fe_On_Mars.html


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post Jun 13 2006, 01:07 PM
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QUOTE (ljk4-1 @ Jun 13 2006, 01:53 PM) *
British Scientists Unveil Latest Craft To Search For Life On Mars

London, England (AFP) Jun 12, 2006

British scientists on Monday took the wraps off a prototype craft to search for signs of life on Mars, hailing it the smartest piece of equipment ever designed for exploration of the red planet.

http://www.marsdaily.com/reports/British_S...fe_On_Mars.html


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