Parts for the Rover were printed on a 3D printer.
NASA has developed a mini-Rover, which can climb a Martian hill, even if they are covered with sand and gravel. Such opportunities no Curiosity, which is now on the red planet, no Perseverance, who will travel to Mars this summer. Parts for the Rover were printed on a 3D printer, writes, “Around the world”.
In may 2009, while trying to climb the slope near the crater Gusev stuck Mars Rover Spirit. Engineers on the Ground did everything possible to save him, but the efforts were in vain. Scientists were forced to complete the mission in 2011.
Trying to solve this problem, engineers from the Space center Lyndon B. Johnson developed the Resource Prospector (RP15) — the Rover, which may turn the wheels and go at them, as if on legs.
However, in 2018, work on developing a new mission and a Mars Rover for her stopped.
Recently, scientists from Georgia Institute of Technology decided to create a miniature version of RP15, which could be tested in the laboratory at a lower cost.
The team modified the Rover so that the front wheels he was able to push gravel and sand to the rear, creating for them a more gentle ascent. Because of this loose rock from the slope, don’t slide down and not carried with the equipment.
Experiments with a number of slopes that mimic the hills on Mars and the moon were successful. Who knows, maybe soon the Mini Rover will also go to Mars.