The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job By Emily Lakdawalla
This e-book describes the most advanced machine ever despatched to a different planet: Curiosity. It’s a one-ton robotic with two brains, seventeen cameras, six wheels, nuclear energy, and a laser beam on its head. Nobody human understands how all of its programs and devices work. This important reference to the Curiosity mission explains the engineering behind each system on the rover, from its rocket-powered jetpack to its radioisotope thermoelectric generator to its fiendishly advanced pattern dealing with system. Its lavishly illustrated textual content explains how all the devices work — its cameras, spectrometers, sample-cooking oven, and climate station — and describes the devices’ talents and limitations. It tells you ways the programs have functioned on Mars, and how scientists and engineers have labored round issues developed on a faraway planet: holey wheels and damaged focus lasers. And it explains the grueling mission operations schedule that retains the rover working day in and day trip.