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Lunar Rover – Work-in-Process

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

We’ve been working hard on the Lunar Rover. It’s still rough, and there is still a lot of work to do, but it’s starting to take shape. Here are some photos. 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. If you’re trying to visualize scale, the Lunar Rover is sitting on a 30″ x 60″ table. All the components of the robot are machined 6061 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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Comments (9)

  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. Aaron
    May 12th, 2016

    Too bad John @ NYC CNC can’t make wheels that nice! *wink *wink

    *Looks awesome!!

  5. 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!!

  6. Robert
    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.

  7. Matt
    May 13th, 2016

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

  8. Kenneth
    May 29th, 2016

    I like seeing the continual progress you guys seem to manage. This project is a great example of a large amount of work in a short amount of time. Any chance you need to adopt another (old) kid? Uh, kid at heart that is? 🙂

  9. Robert
    May 31st, 2016

    Thank you. 🙂

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