Year: 2014

MSL RTG Placement

Posted on December 13, 2014

I was contemplating adding an arm to the front of the rover the other day. Some back of an envelope math: a smallish arm (under a meter long), able to reach to the ground a bit ahead of the body (in view of the mast cameras) = quite a torque on the suspension differential when […]

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Mars Time Notes

Posted on October 19, 2014

Ah, glad I signed up for this whole ‘Mars Clock’ thing. I thought it would be as simple. No. Some links: Mars24, sorta kinda the source. Sol conversion applet and some milestone dates to check that things agree. Another converter; Julian dates this time. A conversion method with an example; this […]

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Light reading?

Posted on October 18, 2014

If you want some terrific entertainment, head over to Or, if you’d prefer one of the best bits of documentation on real Mars rovers head here instead: (or is that in the USA?) I’m not joking, that’s the blog of Scott Maxwell, one of the MER Rover Planners, or ‘Rover Drivers’. He intentionally delayed it 5 […]

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