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MSL "scarecrow" mobility model
elakdawalla
post Jun 20 2007, 04:17 PM
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I went to JPL yesterday to see them put the mobility model for MSL through its paces. It is HUGE!

Lots of pictures and video posted at http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00001010/

I have the pictures (but not the video) at twice the resolution if anyone needs them for artistic purposes.

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post Jun 20 2007, 04:21 PM
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QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Jun 20 2007, 12:17 PM) *
Lots of pictures and video posted at http://www.planetary.org/blog/article/00001010/


Yeow! Watch your toes!

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post Jun 20 2007, 04:35 PM
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Holy moly - it's a MONSTER! blink.gif

Excellent report Emily (and great new portrait, if I may say so cool.gif ).

The Pluto rover looks interesting too - are there any tentative plans to send smaller vehicles of this sort to Mars en masse? They would be great for scouting missions; looking for suitable locations for a MSL class rover to explore in more detail.

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post Jun 20 2007, 04:38 PM
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LOVE the way they got JPL _|qL (that's supposed to be jpl backwards ) into the wheel tread smile.gif

I think expletives were justified and frankly - required.

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post Jun 20 2007, 04:43 PM
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Are we allowed to say 'smeg' on this board, Doug? laugh.gif


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post Jun 20 2007, 04:47 PM
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I think I have some new suggestions for your prospective UMSF title, Emily biggrin.gif
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post Jun 20 2007, 04:58 PM
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Those Wheels !!!!! ohmy.gif ohmy.gif

Would any of the dunes encountered by Opportunity during the drive to Victoria been a problem for MSL?
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post Jun 20 2007, 06:24 PM
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Couple of 3Ds, hope you don't mind Emily...

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And I agree, that's a great new pic of you up at TPS, if you don't mind me saying so. smile.gif


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post Jun 20 2007, 07:33 PM
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Nice to get a glimpse of the "new Mars Yard." I see they are set up to deal with every eventuality, including MSL encountering a steel shed.


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post Jun 20 2007, 07:41 PM
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And if one is in the sweet spot of Mars' diurnal temperature cycle, one can even wear sandals. I have another question: was the toenail polish space qualified for martian surface operations or is it an engineering model, too? cool.gif
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post Jun 20 2007, 07:57 PM
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Oh, I imagine the nail polish would work fine on Mars. The toes themselves, of course, would puff up and start bleeding from underneath the nails... but the polish would survive just fine.

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post Jun 20 2007, 08:31 PM
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Of course, different nails could be painted with different coloured nail polishes and then used as colour calibration references... make a change from that *&&^%^%&^&*&&^^ sundial!!!! rolleyes.gif


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post Jun 20 2007, 08:50 PM
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TPS, please do NOT send a microphone with this one, she's too noisy

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trying to match wheels size but the board doesn't allow enough emoticons biggrin.gif


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post Jun 20 2007, 08:58 PM
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I remember watching videos of little FIDO - that's quite noisy as well. FIDO was used for a lot of field tests to learn how to 'do' MER style ops - the little PLuto rover - just out the door to the right - is what I think FIDO has now turned into.
http://planetary.org/image/marsyard_20070619_img_1835.jpg

The varnish would have to go through thermal-vac testing along with the toes...and that's probably not recommended.


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post Jun 20 2007, 10:27 PM
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QUOTE (centsworth_II @ Jun 20 2007, 09:21 AM) *

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From the way the shadows in the thumbnail look, I thought Emily got to ride on the MSL and dangle her feet overboard biggrin.gif Not that JPL is getting into the hay ride business anytime soon.

And full chutzpah points for those "custom treads." If only it were flight hardware....


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