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Automation Rover for Extreme EnvironmentsAlmost 2,300 years ago the ancient Greeks built the Antikythera automaton. This purely mechanical computer accurately predicted past and future astronomical events long before electronics existed1. Automata have been credibly used for hundreds of years as computers, art pieces, and clocks. However, in the past several decades automata have become less popular as the capabilities of electronics increased, leaving them an unexplored solution for robotic spacecraft. The Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments (AREE) proposes an exciting paradigm shift from electronics to a fully mechanical system, enabling longitudinal exploration of the most extreme environments within the solar system.
Document ID
20170002798
Document Type
Other
Authors
Sauder, Jonathan (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Hilgemann, Evan (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Johnson, Michael (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Parness, Aaron (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Hall, Jeffrey (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Kawata, Jessie (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Stack, Kathryn (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
March 31, 2017
Publication Date
February 1, 2017
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Report/Patent Number
HQ-E-DAA-TN39181
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
automata
robotic spacecraft
enviroment
venus

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