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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #20 on: 12/06/2008 01:50 AM »
Does anyone know if all of the first-flight systems on this beast have passed a NAR?  A rocket-driven helicopter just seems like a crazy way to land, but what do I know.

If S.A. Stern reconquers E Street, look for MSL to have to dodge at least one cancellation or descope bullet.
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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #21 on: 12/06/2008 05:38 AM »
Isn't a non-advocate review standard procedure? Or is that just for go-ahead, not detailed technical considerations?

I agree the skycrane looks absurd, but when you start looking at it really closely, there's not a whole lot more failure modes than a platform like Phoenix, and I would argue that it's fully possible to turn them into quantifiable engineering problems. Changing center of gravity, for example, is tied to cable payout, and swing stability is a pendulum problem.

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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #22 on: 12/06/2008 06:37 AM »
Airbacks and solid retro rockets looked crazy too. :)

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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #23 on: 02/24/2009 06:00 PM »
Live view of MSL in the cleaning room

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasajpl
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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #24 on: 02/25/2009 01:13 AM »
Does anyone know if all of the first-flight systems on this beast have passed a NAR?  A rocket-driven helicopter just seems like a crazy way to land, but what do I know.

If S.A. Stern reconquers E Street, look for MSL to have to dodge at least one cancellation or descope bullet.

Possible but little is left to pull.  It was suppose to launch in 2009 so it should be nearly fully designed and built.  Not much to cut at this point that doesn't require an expensive redeisgn to even take it out. 

If there is a trouble instrument that requires testing and development still then perhaps.  Otherwise your saving launch and operations cost only on a spacecraft that is nearly finished.
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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #25 on: 03/03/2009 01:01 PM »
Recorded view from ustream of the MSL in its clean room:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/1184161
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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #26 on: 03/03/2009 01:06 PM »
Recorded view from ustream of the MSL in its clean room:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/1184161

Thank you for the video - it is appreciated... However I have to say (tongue in cheek), I had to laugh at this - how to tell its a government run program - One guy under MSL doing some kind of work - 15 guys standing around with their arms crossed watching... :)


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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #27 on: 03/19/2009 07:00 PM »
RELEASE: 09-064

ONLINE POLL FOR NASA'S MARS ROVER NAMING CONTEST OPENS MARCH 23

WASHINGTON -- NASA will post online nine names that are finalists for
the agency's Mars Science Laboratory mission and invite the public to
vote for its favorite. The non-binding poll to help NASA select a
name opens online Monday, March 23, and will accept votes through
March 29.

More than 9,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grades submitted
essays proposing names for the rover in a nationwide contest that
ended Jan. 25. Entries came from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the
families of American service personnel overseas. NASA will select the
winning name, based on a student's essay and the public poll, and
announce the name in April.

"The names that students proposed range from heroes to animals and
bugs," said Michelle Viotti, manager of the Mars Public Engagement
program at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena,
Calif. "No matter what name is finally chosen, this is a mission for
everyone, and we can't wait to start calling this rover by name."

The student who submitted the winning name will be invited to JPL to
sign the rover. Additionally, all 30 student semi-finalists in the
naming contest will have an opportunity to place an
individually-tailored message on the chip. For worldwide
participation beyond the contest, the public has a chance to
participate in "Send Your Name to Mars." The agency will collect
names to be recorded on a microchip that will be carried on the
car-sized robotic explorer. Names will be collected via the contest
web link beginning Monday.

The naming contest is part of a Space Act Agreement between NASA and
Disney. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is the prize provider for
the contest. This collaboration made it possible for WALL-E, the
animated robotic hero from the 2008 movie of the same name, to appear
in online content inviting students to participate.

Scheduled to launch in 2011 and land on Mars in 2012, the rover will
use a set of advanced science instruments to check whether the
environment in a selected landing region ever has been favorable for
supporting microbial life and preserving evidence of such life. The
rover also will search for minerals that formed in the presence of
water and look for chemical building blocks of life.

JPL manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in
Washington.

To view the nine finalist names and cast your vote, visit:



http://marsrovername.jpl.nasa.gov

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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #28 on: 03/23/2009 04:41 AM »
Name That Rover public poll now open...

http://marsrovername.jpl.nasa.gov/SubmitVoteForm/index.cfm?CFID=702354&CFTOKEN=63325557

Choices:

Amelia
Adventure
Sunrise
Pursuit
Curiosity
Wonder
Perception
Journey


and

Vision

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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #29 on: 03/23/2009 05:03 AM »
People now usually refer to the current rovers as Spirit and Oppy (apart from the MER1/MER2 folks ;) ).

So now we have a choice between Ami, Advo, Sunny, Purse, Curie, Wonny, Perry, Journey, or Vissy. :)
« Last Edit: 03/23/2009 05:03 AM by MKremer »

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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #30 on: 03/23/2009 11:41 AM »
Awful.
John

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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #31 on: 03/23/2009 11:57 AM »
Naming the spacecraft for a Mars mission after Amelia Earhart seems to be tempting fate...  Other than that one, a pretty bland set of names...

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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #32 on: 03/23/2009 09:13 PM »
The Colbert rover...just to make up for the fact ISS Node 3 won't be named after him. :)

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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #33 on: 03/23/2009 09:22 PM »
Awful.

Couldn't have said it better.

The important thing is that these kids got involved and will be interested in the mission. 

But still.  Yuck.
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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #34 on: 03/23/2009 09:36 PM »
Awful.

Couldn't have said it better.

The important thing is that these kids got involved and will be interested in the mission. 

But still.  Yuck.

Yuck is right.

Well if kids are the most important part, then why aren't the names more representative?

Dragonbooster
Rocky/Bullwinkle
Tom/Jerry
Aladin
Mr. Snuffleufogus
Homer  :)
Nemo  :)  (maybe keep that one for Europa)  lol

:)  :)
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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #35 on: 03/23/2009 10:47 PM »

Yuck is right.

Well if kids are the most important part, then why aren't the names more representative?

Dragonbooster
Rocky/Bullwinkle
Tom/Jerry
Aladin
Mr. Snuffleufogus
Homer  :)
Nemo  :)  (maybe keep that one for Europa)  lol

:)  :)

Tom & Jerry are already up there: The two GRACE satellites have got these nicknames.

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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #36 on: 03/24/2009 01:06 AM »

Yuck is right.

Well if kids are the most important part, then why aren't the names more representative?

Dragonbooster
Rocky/Bullwinkle
Tom/Jerry
Aladin
Mr. Snuffleufogus
Homer  :)
Nemo  :)  (maybe keep that one for Europa)  lol

:)  :)

Tom & Jerry are already up there: The two GRACE satellites have got these nicknames.

Itchy & Scratchy, then.

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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #37 on: 03/24/2009 01:20 PM »
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Tom & Jerry are already up there: The two GRACE satellites have got these nicknames.

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Itchy & Scratchy, then.

Why are people proposing dual names? 

There is only a single MSL flight rover.

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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #38 on: 03/24/2009 02:13 PM »
MMS will have 4 spacecraft named after the Fab Four

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Re: Atlas-V - Mars Science Laboratory - November 25, 2011
« Reply #39 on: 03/24/2009 04:09 PM »
Itchy & Scratchy, then.
Where do I sign ? :D
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