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Rover Mechanical Design


The Rover design includes several innovative mechanical designs including:

Low temperature actuators

Custom actuators were designed from commercial components so they could function at -80C. These components include:

Lightweight Aluminum Structures

Intricate structural designs created by involving machinists in design process:

Kinematic Lander Supports

The Rover is held against the Pathfinder Lander with three stainless steel cables. Upon arrival at Mars, pyrotechnic devices will cut the cables, freeing the Rover.

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