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An Approach to Designing Passive Self-Leveling Landing Gear with Application to the Lunar LanderOnce the lunar lander has touched down on the moon problems can occur if the crew module is not level. To mitigate, compliant landing gear provide a solution that would allow the module to be leveled once it has landed on some ground slope. The work presented here uses compliant joints, or flexures, for each leg of the module and optimizes the mechanics of these flexures such that the module can be passively leveled over a range of landing slopes. Preliminary results suggest that for landing on a slope of up to 12 deg the effective slope of the module can be reduced to a maximum of 2.5 deg.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Rippere, Troy B. (Florida Univ. Gainesville, FL, United States)
Wiens, Gloria J. (Florida Univ. Gainesville, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 29, 2013
Publication Date
May 12, 2010
Publication Information
Publication: Proceedings of the 40th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
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Public Use Permitted.

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