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Robots, the Big Picture
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post Mar 6 2009, 12:18 AM
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http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/03/robots.html

- Especially like the last photo...
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post Mar 6 2009, 07:21 PM
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Nice to see ATHLETE and LEMUR too.


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post Mar 6 2009, 08:09 PM
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I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking, "I keep forgetting how BIG MSL is."
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post Mar 6 2009, 08:38 PM
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blink.gif ...not at all! I mean, WOW!


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post Mar 6 2009, 08:46 PM
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With wheels that wide it shouldn't have any trouble with dunes; I suppose that's the intent, unless they're planning to race it smile.gif
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post Mar 6 2009, 08:57 PM
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I'm sure this has been observed before, but something about it just screams "monster truck rally."
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post Mar 6 2009, 10:04 PM
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Yeah... smile.gif . I'm hoping that it lands on a Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY!!!


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post Mar 6 2009, 11:08 PM
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QUOTE (algorimancer @ Mar 6 2009, 12:46 PM) *
With wheels that wide it shouldn't have any trouble with dunes; I suppose that's the intent, unless they're planning to race it smile.gif

That's what a lot of people think, but the silly thing's so much more massive than the MERs that it actually winds up pressing down onto the surface with almost exactly the same amount of force. So it'll have precisely the same trafficability issues over dunes that the MERs do (when all six wheels are on sand -- I guess the longer wheelbase will probably be a help with small ripples) -- but it'll sure have much, much less need to dodge around rocks!

My biggest problem with MSL is that I'm so used to writing about "the rovers." Now I have to start specifying which rover.

Oh, and in reply to nprev, "YOU'LL PAY FOR THE WHOLE SEAT BUT YOU'LL ONLY NEED THE EDGE!!"

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post Mar 7 2009, 01:35 AM
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One thing the MSL will have going for it if it does get stuck: Its attempts at freeing itself won't be limited by available sunlight.
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