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#1 2017-02-07 09:37:55

Oldfart1939
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Audit of NASA's Mars 2020 rover warns of potential delays.

Here we go again! It appears that the 2020 Mars rover is facing some severe design completion problems, and the engineering drawings are not yet complete for the February 2017 review. The problems center around the sample collection system for future return to Earth, and elimination of the Moxie experiment for production of Oxygen from Martian atmosphere.

http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organ … al-delays/

This is another result of putting too many unhatched eggs in a single basket. The Moxie experiment is probably the most essential one being (not) flown. This is why we're still in LEO with NASA running the show.

Last edited by Oldfart1939 (2017-02-07 09:41:42)

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#2 2017-02-07 21:52:17

SpaceNut
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Re: Audit of NASA's Mars 2020 rover warns of potential delays.

This is exactly why it should be incremental change to the base design and not a completely new rover design....

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