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Lunar Rover

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

We’ve been working hard on the Lunar Rover for the aerospace company SpaceLS. Some of the photos show the robot in its “Stored Position”. When instructed to do so, the robot folds down its mast and stores it beneath the robot. The solar wings also fold down. The goal of this position is to make the robot more compact for transport on SpaceLS’s rocket. All the components of the robot are machined out of 6061 aircraft aluminum, other than the solar top and solar wings, which are machined carbon fiber.

FRONT VIEW
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SIDE VIEW (OUR MOUNTAIN IN THE BACKGROUND)
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LUNAR ROVER IN ITS “STORAGE POSITION”, WITH THE MAST AND SOLAR WINGS FOLDED
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ROCKER-BOGIE SUSPENSION SYSTEM (RIGHT-HAND SOLAR WING REMOVED)
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SOLAR TOP AND SOLAR WINGS (REAR TOP VIEW)
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FRONT VIEW WHEN IN “STORAGE POSITION”
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CORNER VIEW WHEN IN “STORAGE POSITION”
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FRONT VIEW – MAST TURNED
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TESTING A ROVER OF A SIMILAR DESIGN AT ASHEVILLE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE (SOLAR WINGS REMOVED)

Posts on the construction of this robot:

Lunar Rover Solar Panels

We’re building a Lunar Rover !

Comments (7)

  1. Chris
    May 11th, 2016

    That is just downright impressive. For a “hobbyist” level robot I’m sure it makes a lot of NASA engineers envious. Cant wait to see some trials.

  2. David
    May 11th, 2016

    Well done!

  3. John @ NYC CNC
    May 12th, 2016

    This is looking AWESOME!!!

  4. Fred
    May 13th, 2016

    Man the robot looks so good, you’ve done an amazing job. I can see you have improved a lot since your first projects. I have a question. How do you choose your servo motors that are used to rotate the wheels and the motors that are used to move the robot?, i mean the torque and the traction that you gonna need to allow the robot go through obstacles. PS: sorry about my english and regards from spain!!

  5. Camille
    May 13th, 2016

    For the turning servos, we selected the highest-torque, standard-sized servos that HiTec makes. Torque and reliability was our requirement, rather than speed. On the drive motors, we selected powerful planetary gear motors of the right torque and speed so that the rover’s suspension system can climb over obstacles.

  6. Matt
    May 13th, 2016

    This looks awesome! would love to see it in action!

  7. Kenneth
    May 29th, 2016

    I like seeing the continual progress you girls seem to manage. This project is a great example of a large amount of work in a short amount of time.

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