The Mars 2020 wanderer is looking increasingly more like a genuine wanderer, presently that there’s just a year left before its target launch date. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers have installed the vehicle’s starboard legs and six wheels (otherwise known as its mobility suspension) on June 13th. The machine’s wheels are made of aluminum with 48 cleats machined onto their surface. Those metal projections will give the vehicle the traction it should probably drive on both sandy and rough, rough surfaces.
While all six wheels have motors, the front and back ones have steering motors that will permit Mars 2020 to make an entire 360-degree turn set up. What’s more, the suspension system can withstand tilts up to 45 degrees toward any path, so the meanderer to drive on really enormous rocks without spilling. The team will just utilize the present wheels for testing, however, and they’ll be swapped out for flight-ready models at some point one year from now.
Throughout the next couple of weeks, the team will likewise install the wanderer’s robotic arm, its mast-mounted camera, as well as its different motors and components made to gather samples of Martian rock and soil. In the event that all goes well with their tests, the Mars 2020 will begin its journey to the red planet in July one year from now.