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(Phys Org2)   Most of NASA on xanax in prep for rover landing sequence that couldn't be more complicated and harrowing if the Wachowskis designed it   (phys.org) divider line 35
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2012-08-03 10:25:48 AM
I can't wait for this! Next time they should send a massive 1km square airbag before the lander and use that to slow it. Or send the lander in pieces, each small enough to use airbags, so they can re-assemble upon landing into a voltron-type mech.
 
2012-08-03 12:20:26 PM
Michael Bay FTW.
 
2012-08-03 12:24:07 PM

Tr0mBoNe: re-assemble upon landing into a voltron-type mech


Be careful what you wish for
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2012-08-03 12:24:44 PM
We are all counting on Rube Goldberg here at NASA.
 
2012-08-03 12:29:42 PM
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Airbags. That is all.
 
2012-08-03 12:30:13 PM
Can they actually do anything? Isn't the message turn-around time too high for anything approaching live control?
 
2012-08-03 12:36:11 PM
Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Lana Wachowski on her recent coming out.
 
2012-08-03 12:38:54 PM
Are we doing all the HOTY winners today?

Giskard1708: Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Lana Wachowski on her recent coming out.


5 years is recent? Or are you being ironic?
 
2012-08-03 12:38:55 PM
If this works I will shiat a brick.
 
2012-08-03 12:44:39 PM
7 minutes from entry interface to touchdown.
14 minutes for a signal from earth to reach the rover and get a response.
It's all going to happen on auto pilot. Sit back and chill. It'll either work or it won't. It's too late to bite your nails now. Everything that made this landing a success or failure has already been done. You're just a passenger now watching from your cubicle.
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Put seat belts on your office chair if it helps.
 
2012-08-03 01:04:22 PM
Would the Wachowski design chop off the antenna to add headlights and a mangled storage bin?
 
2012-08-03 01:18:06 PM

robohobo: Would the Wachowski design chop off the antenna to add headlights and a mangled storage bin?


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2012-08-03 01:26:09 PM
$50 says it won't work.
 
2012-08-03 01:27:09 PM
Watch NASA funding get gutted when this thing crashes and burns.
 
2012-08-03 01:32:01 PM
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2012-08-03 01:45:54 PM

dalovindj: Watch NASA funding get gutted when this thing crashes and burns.


Or watch them get a nice budget bump from Uncle Sam if it does work.
 
2012-08-03 01:47:18 PM
Am I missing something, or didn't NASA test inflatable flying wings back in 2001 or so just so they didn't have to do these types of insane landings in the future? I understand Mars has a thinner atmosphere, but wouldn't a larger surface area compensate for it?

Wait, I found the article.
 
2012-08-03 01:55:14 PM
Inflatable wings for a payload this heavy would still be impossible to do right: to get any kind of useful lift/drag ratio and enough lift to land the payload at a safe speed, in thin martian air, the wingspan would need to be on the order of a Boeing 707, and that's a lot of material to pack into the probe and then deploy, in flight. Then, there are no prepared runways, so the landing would stand a high chance of being too rough. The inflatable wing idea is for small sub-probes that are never expected to land until they are used up.
 
2012-08-03 01:55:59 PM
This ain't the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact, it's cold as hell.
 
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2012-08-03 02:41:33 PM

dalovindj: Watch NASA funding get gutted when this thing crashes and burns.

works like a charm.
 
2012-08-03 02:50:53 PM

Any Pie Left: This ain't the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact, it's cold as hell.


And there's no one there to raise them, if you did.
 
2012-08-03 04:34:57 PM
This will either work perfectly, or fail spectacularly. There is no middle ground. Either way, it's going to be glorious.
 
2012-08-03 04:48:12 PM
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2012-08-03 07:15:29 PM
If it's got tits winches or pipes, sooner or later you're going to have trouble with it.

/not optimistic
 
2012-08-03 09:15:22 PM
The Stupid, it crashes....

/I give it a 50/50 chance
 
2012-08-03 09:49:21 PM
www.nasaspaceflight.com

Seems like they had pretty good luck with this system, why did they abandon it?
 
2012-08-03 10:20:58 PM

r1chard3: [www.nasaspaceflight.com image 348x243]

Seems like they had pretty good luck with this system, why did they abandon it?


It doesn't scale up well enough. This thing weighs over a ton.
 
2012-08-03 10:28:01 PM
Did we get a betting pool going yet? I've got sky crane release mechanism jams and robot crashes to surface with sky crane still attached. What do you guys want?
 
2012-08-03 11:01:30 PM

mark12A: The Stupid, it crashes....

/I give it a 50/50 chance


Oh, how bold of you. No matter the result, you can claim how you figured that was going to happen.
 
2012-08-03 11:44:49 PM

rwfan: Did we get a betting pool going yet? I've got sky crane release mechanism jams and robot crashes to surface with sky crane still attached. What do you guys want?


Put me down for flipping upside down during separation with not enough time to stabilize.

I hope this sucker makes a perfect landing.
 
2012-08-04 12:15:35 AM

Theory Of Null: rwfan: Did we get a betting pool going yet? I've got sky crane release mechanism jams and robot crashes to surface with sky crane still attached. What do you guys want?

Put me down for flipping upside down during separation with not enough time to stabilize.

I hope this sucker makes a perfect landing.


Absolutely! This is going to be an awesome mission. If it survives the landing. I am as nervous as a young lamb on a Greek submarine.
 
2012-08-04 09:22:08 AM
I've heard Mars Global Surveyor may get a photo sequence of the entry, which would be nice.
 
2012-08-04 01:28:39 PM

dalovindj: Watch NASA funding get gutted when this thing crashes and burns. Congress convenes

.

FTFY, and it's a farking disgrace that such a thing will happen.

"We have huge cost overruns in the DoD, our Department of Education programs are ineffective, and Medicare costs are ballooning. Let's cut our $15 trillion deficit by getting rid of the $2.5 billion program."

/I despise Congress
 
2012-08-04 04:13:52 PM

Tenga: I've heard Mars Global Surveyor may get a photo sequence of the entry, which would be nice.


So at least we will have that then.
 
2012-08-04 11:04:55 PM

Marine1: dalovindj: Watch NASA funding get gutted when this thing crashes and burns. Congress convenes.

FTFY, and it's a farking disgrace that such a thing will happen.

"We have huge cost overruns in the DoD, our Department of Education programs are ineffective, and Medicare costs are ballooning. Let's cut our $15 trillion deficit by getting rid of the $2.5 billion program."

/I despise Congress


This
 
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