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post Jan 18 2006, 07:02 PM
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That's a good point - MSL could do DTE comms at any time of day smile.gif It will never need to 'deep sleep' so that will help keep the electronics at a steady temp etc.

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post Jan 21 2006, 08:02 AM
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QUOTE (Toma B @ Jan 18 2006, 07:56 AM)
Nice article on Space.com:
Mars Science Laboratory

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What's that linkage between the left & right suspensions that runs across the top of the deck for?

It appears as if it's meant to rotate in a plane parallel with the deck (which would explain why there's nothing mounted near it), but it doesn't look like a steering mechanism unless all the bogies can swivel in unison... huh.gif ???


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post Jan 21 2006, 11:07 AM
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Perhaps it is just part of the structure required to hang the thing from Skycrane?

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post Jan 21 2006, 04:04 PM
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QUOTE (nprev @ Jan 21 2006, 12:02 AM)
What's that linkage between the left & right suspensions that runs across the top of the deck for?
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That's the differential mechanism for the rocker-bogie system. It ties the left and right rockers together so that if the left rocker pitches down the right rocker pitches up. On MER, the differential runs through the middle of the rover body and uses a gearbox. For MSL, there are no solar panels so it's simpler to have the external differential you see in the picture.
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post Jan 21 2006, 06:17 PM
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QUOTE (mars_armer @ Jan 21 2006, 09:04 AM)
That's the differential mechanism for the rocker-bogie system. It ties the left and right rockers together so that if the left rocker pitches down the right rocker pitches up. On MER, the differential runs through the middle of the rover body and uses a gearbox. For MSL, there are no solar panels so it's simpler to have the external differential you see in the picture.
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Understood. Thanks! smile.gif

Not to sound like a critic, but isn't it a bit risky to expose this mechanism to the elements? I hope that dust doesn't accumulate in the pivot point & jam things up...or, worse, a pebble somehow gets lodged underneath... unsure.gif


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post Mar 8 2008, 07:49 PM
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Items available to the General Public:
http://www.mslstore.com/

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post Mar 27 2008, 10:56 PM
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Check out the MSL website to view assembly progress as the Rover enters ATLO.

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl

Now we enter a new stage in Mars exploration as a new Rover comes to life.

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post Mar 28 2008, 05:12 PM
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So is that the actual MSL that will go to mars ?
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post Mar 28 2008, 07:55 PM
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[quote name='PhilCo126' date='Mar 8 2008, 11:49 AM' post='110615']
Items available to the General Public:
http://www.mslstore.com/

Does this merchandise use an official logo of the project, or is it just stuff that evokes the spirit of the mission but uses logos and artwork that is merely someone else's idea of cool?
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post Mar 28 2008, 08:35 PM
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QUOTE (dmg @ Mar 28 2008, 12:55 PM) *
Does this merchandise use an official logo of the project...

I don't know if they're "official" but I see these shirts all over the place at MSL reviews.


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post Mar 28 2008, 08:38 PM
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QUOTE (MahFL @ Mar 28 2008, 10:12 AM) *
So is that the actual MSL that will go to mars ?

Is what the actual MSL? The box on the right in the latest update is an actual Rover Compute Element, but I'm not sure if it's a flight unit or an engineering model. Certainly the "scarecrow" is not actual flight hardware.


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post Mar 28 2008, 08:40 PM
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There another animated gif (what the hell's with those!) which is of the flight wheels. I think they've dropped the JPL text from within the tred, but they're still 'woah - BIG' looking.

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QUOTE (mcaplinger @ Mar 28 2008, 08:38 PM) *
Is what the actual MSL? The box on the right in the latest update is an actual Rover Compute Element, but I'm not sure if it's a flight unit or an engineering model. Certainly the "scarecrow" is not actual flight hardware.


I meant is the electronic box thingy and that large aluminium looking plate part of the actual MSL that will be launched to Mars.
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post Aug 27 2008, 07:45 PM
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Mars Science Laboratory slowly materialise.
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Nice view. smile.gif


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Is that a wheel or a beer keg?


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