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#26 2020-07-14 07:31:30

tahanson43206
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Re: NASA wants your help designing a Venus rover concept

Here's a follow up on this topic ... the competition was well supported by participants from around the world.

The mechanical probe concept was accepted by the participants, and the article at the link below reports on the winning designs.

https://www.engadget.com/nasa-venus-rov … 00222.html

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#27 2020-07-14 16:00:05

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Re: NASA wants your help designing a Venus rover concept

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/winners-o … gn-contest

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7693

Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments, AREE is a rover concept with a mechanical locomotion approach capable of performing complex sequences of operations and instructions autonomously.
AREE would use a small wind turbine and a system of springs to generate and store mechanical energy that could power its locomotion. Think of how a wind-up pocket watch stores energy and drives the motion of its internal gears to keep the time, and you have a basic idea about how this machine would operate.

By replacing sensitive electronics and delicate computers with gears, components made from advanced heat-resistant alloys, and limited-capability high-temperature electronics, a more robust machine can be built - one that might last for months in the punishing environment.

Minimal electrical designs due to heat....

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#28 2020-07-14 17:01:05

Calliban
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Re: NASA wants your help designing a Venus rover concept

Interesting tech.  High temperature electronics.  It might have applications elsewhere that could be patentable.

I do have to wonder what the possible science goals could be for a Venus rover.  With Mars, we have the clear goals of searching for extraterrestrial life and building up knowledge base that will assist future efforts towards colonisation.  But neither goal is applicable to Venus.  It is a dry, volcanic desert, as hot as a furnace.  It bares a striking resemblance to the medieval description of hell.  Why go there?  What does the place have to offer?  Out of all the places in our solar system, it has the singular distinction of being less interesting than the moon.


Interested in space science, engineering and technology.

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#29 2021-06-11 16:03:30

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Re: NASA wants your help designing a Venus rover concept

Here is the topic for Mars_B4_Moon post

‘Sail Rover’ Could Explore Hellish Venus
https://www.universetoday.com/104296/sa … ish-venus/

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