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Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus - AREE
« on: 08/09/2017 01:17 AM »

A conventional approach to a Venus rover like this is difficult, expensive, and potentially dangerous, but a team of engineers at NASAís Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), in Pasadena, Calif., have come up with an innovative new idea for exploring the surface of Venus. If the problem is the electronics, why not just get rid of them, and build a mechanical rover instead?

With funding from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, the JPL team wants to see whether it might be possible to build a Venus exploration rover without conventional sensors, computers, or power systems. The Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments (AREE) would use clockwork gears and springs and other mechanisms to provide the majority of the roverís functionality, including power generation, power storage, sensing, locomotion, and even communication: no electronics required. Bring on the heat.

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Re: Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus - AREE
« Reply #1 on: 08/09/2017 02:51 AM »
 Very steampunk. Can a spark transmitter reach an orbiter?  Bandwidth will be horrible but there probably won't be much to send.

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Re: Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus - AREE
« Reply #2 on: 08/10/2017 10:46 AM »
More details on this from a FISO telecon presentation on May 24th, 2017 with Jonathan Sauder and Evan Hilgemann from JPL. Audio & slides links below.

Presentation Slides

MP3 Audio Presentation