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Wheel Trouble, ...down to 5 good wheels?
mars_armer
post Mar 14 2006, 12:29 AM
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I just heard that there is a serious problem with Spirit's right front drive actuator after yestersol's drive. (This is the actuator that had high currents in the past and led to the backward-driving strategy.) It will take awhile to evaluate the situation, but early speculation is grim.

In a worst-case scenario, they can still drag the bum wheel along, but don't expect another summit view.

Best-case scenario would be a rock or debris jammed in the wheel.

This is a heads-up, sorry I can't really give more info at this time. I still thought you all would like to know.
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post Mar 14 2006, 01:27 AM
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You mean the wheel will no longer turn at all anymore?
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- mars_armer   Wheel Trouble   Mar 14 2006, 12:29 AM
- - Myran   Thank you for the heads up mars_armer. With winter...   Mar 14 2006, 12:44 AM
- - DFinfrock   QUOTE (mars_armer @ Mar 14 2006, 12:29 AM...   Mar 14 2006, 01:20 AM
- - Sunspot   You mean the wheel will no longer turn at all anym...   Mar 14 2006, 01:27 AM
|- - mars_armer   QUOTE (Sunspot @ Mar 13 2006, 05:27 PM) Y...   Mar 14 2006, 01:44 AM
- - Shaka   QUOTE (mars_armer @ Mar 13 2006, 02:29 PM...   Mar 14 2006, 01:31 AM
- - Jeff7   Yeah, let's really just hope that it's jus...   Mar 14 2006, 03:28 AM
- - BruceMoomaw   Do you mean that the wheel won't turn even if ...   Mar 14 2006, 04:13 AM
|- - Shaka   QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ Mar 13 2006, 06:13 P...   Mar 14 2006, 05:15 AM
|- - mars_armer   QUOTE (Shaka @ Mar 13 2006, 09:15 PM) Do ...   Mar 14 2006, 04:37 PM
|- - RNeuhaus   QUOTE (mars_armer @ Mar 14 2006, 11:37 AM...   Mar 15 2006, 12:49 AM
- - BruceMoomaw   Under ordinary circumstances that is possible. In...   Mar 14 2006, 05:17 AM
- - CosmicRocker   Oh, no. So that is one reason why Spirit has move...   Mar 14 2006, 07:08 AM
|- - djellison   QUOTE (CosmicRocker @ Mar 14 2006, 07:08 ...   Mar 14 2006, 08:25 AM
- - Bill Harris   Oh well, stuff happens. We're all a lot creak...   Mar 14 2006, 08:34 AM
- - edstrick   I note that both from Husband hill and from the dr...   Mar 14 2006, 10:37 AM
|- - Marz   Poor Spirit, just as she regains the lead in milag...   Mar 14 2006, 03:43 PM
- - tty   Design lesson for future rovers: there should be s...   Mar 14 2006, 05:53 PM
|- - Bob Shaw   QUOTE (tty @ Mar 14 2006, 05:53 PM) Desig...   Mar 14 2006, 11:06 PM
|- - RNeuhaus   QUOTE (tty @ Mar 14 2006, 12:53 PM) Desig...   Mar 15 2006, 01:06 AM
|- - monty python   QUOTE (tty @ Mar 14 2006, 11:53 AM) Desig...   Mar 15 2006, 09:49 AM
|- - Ames   QUOTE (monty python @ Mar 15 2006, 09:49 ...   Mar 15 2006, 10:47 AM
||- - odave   QUOTE (Ames @ Mar 15 2006, 05:47 AM) But ...   Mar 15 2006, 02:16 PM
|- - lyford   QUOTE (monty python @ Mar 15 2006, 01:49 ...   Mar 15 2006, 07:35 PM
|- - imipak   QUOTE (monty python @ Mar 15 2006, 09:49 ...   Mar 15 2006, 08:37 PM
- - Bill Harris   QUOTE there should be some simple and reliable mec...   Mar 14 2006, 06:09 PM
- - alan   Something in there?   Mar 14 2006, 07:49 PM
|- - Toma B   That's good news...if it got in, it can posibl...   Mar 14 2006, 08:23 PM
|- - helvick   [quote name='alan' post='45573' date='Mar 14 2006,...   Mar 14 2006, 08:32 PM
|- - mars_armer   QUOTE (alan @ Mar 14 2006, 11:49 AM) Some...   Mar 14 2006, 09:34 PM
|- - helvick   QUOTE (mars_armer @ Mar 14 2006, 09:34 PM...   Mar 14 2006, 09:46 PM
||- - helvick   QUOTE (helvick @ Mar 14 2006, 09:46 PM) A...   Mar 14 2006, 10:05 PM
||- - Shaka   QUOTE (helvick @ Mar 14 2006, 12:05 PM) A...   Mar 14 2006, 10:34 PM
|||- - helvick   QUOTE (Shaka @ Mar 14 2006, 10:34 PM) ......   Mar 14 2006, 10:37 PM
||- - Daba   QUOTE (helvick @ Mar 14 2006, 11:05 PM) A...   Mar 14 2006, 11:28 PM
|- - Shaka   QUOTE (mars_armer @ Mar 14 2006, 11:34 AM...   Mar 14 2006, 09:46 PM
- - Sunspot   I thought it might have been a rock at first... bu...   Mar 14 2006, 10:55 PM
- - djellison   At a first look - it just looks like dust to me - ...   Mar 14 2006, 11:05 PM
- - slinted   There was a tiny bit of motion between sol 779 and...   Mar 14 2006, 11:39 PM
|- - ElkGroveDan   QUOTE (slinted @ Mar 14 2006, 11:39 PM) T...   Mar 15 2006, 01:24 AM
- - djellison   That's a very odd motion - at first I thought ...   Mar 15 2006, 12:11 AM
- - Bill Harris   Not at all good. Slinted's animated-GIF shows...   Mar 15 2006, 04:01 AM
- - mars_armer   Looks like a drive will be attempted on Sol 781 (d...   Mar 15 2006, 04:33 AM
- - edstrick   quote: "I've got a little list..... I...   Mar 15 2006, 10:49 AM
- - Burmese   Yeah, wheel bearing looks likely to me, or some ot...   Mar 15 2006, 01:57 PM
|- - MahFL   Strange co-incidence......today the front left whe...   Mar 15 2006, 06:10 PM
- - djellison   I gave a talk to some 16-18 y.o. school students t...   Mar 15 2006, 06:48 PM
- - Sunspot   Still limping along: http://qt.exploratorium.edu/...   Mar 15 2006, 07:54 PM
|- - general   QUOTE (Sunspot @ Mar 15 2006, 08:54 PM) S...   Mar 15 2006, 08:13 PM
|- - Marcel   QUOTE (Sunspot @ Mar 15 2006, 08:54 PM) S...   Mar 15 2006, 08:16 PM
|- - Sunspot   QUOTE (Marcel @ Mar 15 2006, 08:16 PM) Oh...   Mar 15 2006, 08:50 PM
- - Burmese   Good, they aren't going to sit still and spend...   Mar 15 2006, 08:05 PM
- - elakdawalla   Squyres did not mention the wheel trouble in his t...   Mar 15 2006, 08:24 PM
|- - Shaka   QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Mar 15 2006, 10:24 A...   Mar 15 2006, 09:07 PM
|- - AlexBlackwell   QUOTE (Shaka @ Mar 15 2006, 09:07 PM) P.S...   Mar 15 2006, 09:10 PM
|- - Shaka   QUOTE (AlexBlackwell @ Mar 15 2006, 11:10...   Mar 15 2006, 09:49 PM
||- - djellison   QUOTE (Shaka @ Mar 15 2006, 09:49 PM) I s...   Mar 15 2006, 10:18 PM
||- - odave   QUOTE (Shaka @ Mar 15 2006, 04:49 PM) I s...   Mar 15 2006, 10:20 PM
||- - Shaka   QUOTE (odave @ Mar 15 2006, 12:20 PM) See...   Mar 15 2006, 11:00 PM
||- - ToSeek   QUOTE (odave @ Mar 15 2006, 10:20 PM) See...   Mar 16 2006, 05:48 PM
||- - AlexBlackwell   QUOTE (ToSeek @ Mar 16 2006, 05:48 PM) Sh...   Mar 16 2006, 05:50 PM
|- - helvick   QUOTE (AlexBlackwell @ Mar 15 2006, 09:10...   Mar 15 2006, 09:54 PM
- - centsworth_II   "Looks like she's returning to Home Plate...   Mar 15 2006, 09:01 PM
- - Bill Harris   >Looks like she's returning to Home Plate ...   Mar 15 2006, 10:23 PM
- - djellison   I think they moved to the nearest patch that offer...   Mar 15 2006, 10:31 PM
- - alan   First impression: the right front wheel looks like...   Mar 15 2006, 10:34 PM
- - Shaka   http://static.flickr.com/41/113051772_e40da86735_o...   Mar 15 2006, 11:57 PM
- - CosmicRocker   QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Mar 15 2006, 02:24 P...   Mar 16 2006, 04:10 AM
- - mars_armer   The wheel is definitely looking dead (open circuit...   Mar 16 2006, 04:44 PM
|- - Sunspot   QUOTE (mars_armer @ Mar 16 2006, 04:44 PM...   Mar 16 2006, 05:28 PM
|- - ToSeek   QUOTE (Sunspot @ Mar 16 2006, 05:28 PM) O...   Mar 16 2006, 05:50 PM
|- - mars_armer   > Well, until next summer, at least. And don...   Mar 16 2006, 06:13 PM
- - odave   I'm sure the MER engineers will be able to squ...   Mar 16 2006, 06:17 PM
|- - helvick   QUOTE (odave @ Mar 16 2006, 06:17 PM) I...   Mar 16 2006, 06:46 PM
|- - Bob Shaw   QUOTE (helvick @ Mar 16 2006, 06:46 PM) O...   Mar 16 2006, 08:46 PM
- - odave   Yeah, I know that Ma'adim Vallis is not a real...   Mar 16 2006, 06:55 PM
|- - Marz   QUOTE (odave @ Mar 16 2006, 12:55 PM) Yea...   Mar 16 2006, 09:14 PM
|- - Shaka   QUOTE (Marz @ Mar 16 2006, 11:14 AM) lol ...   Mar 16 2006, 10:57 PM
- - djellison   The day time temps might be getting to -60 instead...   Mar 16 2006, 10:02 PM
- - Jeff7   Can't they just use the routines they develope...   Mar 16 2006, 10:46 PM
- - djellison   Spirits wheel wasnt stuck back in the 150-350 sol ...   Mar 16 2006, 10:50 PM
- - GregM   .   Mar 17 2006, 03:22 AM
|- - Shaka   QUOTE (GregM @ Mar 16 2006, 05:22 PM) My ...   Mar 17 2006, 04:32 AM
|- - RNeuhaus   QUOTE (Shaka @ Mar 16 2006, 11:32 PM) As ...   Mar 17 2006, 06:11 AM
|- - MahFL   "We're now in a drive or die situation,...   Mar 17 2006, 03:17 PM
|- - helvick   QUOTE (MahFL @ Mar 17 2006, 03:17 PM) ...   Mar 17 2006, 04:08 PM
|- - ToSeek   QUOTE (helvick @ Mar 17 2006, 04:08 PM) P...   Mar 17 2006, 06:23 PM
- - ddeerrff   QUOTE (Shaka @ Mar 16 2006, 04:57 PM) Mar...   Mar 17 2006, 04:29 AM
- - djellison   <360 Whr's per sol and decreasing quite rap...   Mar 17 2006, 04:09 PM
- - mars_armer   How sure are we of the 280 Whr "death" n...   Mar 17 2006, 06:37 PM
|- - helvick   QUOTE (mars_armer @ Mar 17 2006, 06:37 PM...   Mar 17 2006, 07:21 PM
|- - Bob Shaw   QUOTE (mars_armer @ Mar 17 2006, 06:37 PM...   Mar 17 2006, 11:44 PM
- - Sunspot   Was Spirit supposed to drive today? http://qt.e...   Mar 17 2006, 07:08 PM
|- - djellison   QUOTE (Sunspot @ Mar 17 2006, 07:08 PM) W...   Mar 17 2006, 08:29 PM
|- - akuo   QUOTE (Sunspot @ Mar 17 2006, 07:08 PM) W...   Mar 17 2006, 08:40 PM
- - Oersted   I think we're all happy that the team was pret...   Mar 18 2006, 12:00 AM
- - nprev   On the weakly positive side, I hope that the wheel...   Mar 18 2006, 12:28 AM
- - marsman   In today's press release below, there are a fe...   Mar 18 2006, 01:39 AM
- - odave   QUOTE (marsman @ Mar 17 2006, 08:39 PM) N...   Mar 18 2006, 02:42 AM
- - Steve   QUOTE (marsman @ Mar 17 2006, 08:39 PM) N...   Mar 18 2006, 02:59 AM
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