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Preliminary Design
Assistance on Mars

By Jonathon, Tony, Hailey, Levyana, Zach
Mrs. Zarybnisky’s Class

student drawing of robot

            Our robot has many important tools.  It has a spiked conveyer belt to give it traction on slick rocks and ice crystals.  Two eyes seem very important so the robot might see where it has yet to go.  These eyes rotate so it could be able to see in all directions.  These eyes are lighted so it may see in the dark.  This machine has a square body covered in nylon. This nylon protects it from sharp rocks and ice crystals that may pierce its thin outer shell.  This robot has a scanner that detects minerals hidden inside other rocks.  There is also a scanner on the inside of the robot.  This scanner makes it so rocks that have already been found and have no other useful or interesting minerals on or in them are discarded.  These minerals and rocks go through a tube that will then deposit them on to the surface of Mars.  Those rocks that are useful go through another tube that then deposits them into the rock storage place.

In Mar’s Winds

            This particular robot has springs in special places to enable it to bounce if it is tossed into the air or blown over.  It can regain balance by using its springs to bounce back up, then continue its journey on Mars.  These springs also allow it to hop over large ditches and cracks.

Sources of Power

            This special assistant has a battery to give it energy to work, as well as a computer to give it commands.  This robot has a digital camera to take pictures of undiscovered life forms.

How Fast Can It Go?

            This robot/rover should be able to go about 25 feet an hour with special drag weights to help it go faster.

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NASA Official: Mark León
Last Updated: May 2005
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