Bogey motion and chassis pose The sideframe is a dihedron which operates like a rocker-bogey. The sideframe combines structure, driveline and suspension. The bogey pivots around a center bearing. Bogey motion is transmitted to the chassis via thin struts.
Come Meet Red Rover Red Rover will be on display and in action at Carnegie Mellon University's famous Carnival event. This is an opportunity for all to interact with Red Rover and see it in action. 20 lucky participants will get to drive it! If you are unable to come and meet Red Rover, Click here* to view the event live through Red Rover's eyes. The event is on Saturday April 18th 2009 from 11:00am - 1:00pm (EDT)
Michelin wheel Michelin is revolutionizing durable, ultralight, spaceworthy rover wheels. Their innovation is the ingenious use of glass fiber for thin, flexible hubs, spokes and rims that combine to deliver unparalleled performance. Great examples appear in the appended gallery: http://www.gizmag.com/michelin-tweel-for-lunar-rover-vehicle/10997/ For RedRover, Michelin is pushing new limits of miniaturization and lightweighting. Thank you, Michelin.
Mast Installed This tubular, composite mast is a lightweight solution for panning the rover's cameras by actuating from the floor of the rover.
Shoulders The rover's shoulder joint is multifunctional. Torque from an internal drive actuator is transmitted from the inside through the shoulder to the external driveline. Forward and rear sideframes meet at the shoulder to convey forces to the wheels. Chain-drives are housed in the shoulder and travel through the sideframes to the wheels. The shoulders have a rocking motion that acts as suspension, and regulates body pose.
Shoulder Mounts The sideframes mount to the chassis.through cylindrical shoulder mounts. The shoulder mounts bear suspension forces, transmit driveline torques, isolate heat and seal dust from the exterior to the interior of the robot.
3D pics These images convey 3D visualization when viewed with stereo glasses that use a red filter on the left eye and cyan(blue) for the right eye. The format is called 'anaglyph'. The effect is dramatic and entertaining. The team will use anaglyphs like these during development, promotion and operation of the mission. Also included is a stereo anaglyph shot on the moon by Gene Cernan during an Apollo mission.
Circuit board for motor control
Thermal, structural and space-rated componentry will upgrade this motor controller before flight. This one is for development and testing.
A-to-D and D-to-A
Integrated circuits that convert analog to digital and digital to analog are utilized in controller electronics that read sensors and drive motions. These chips are commercial counterparts to the rad-hardened versions that are generously contributed by Intersil.