The Design and Engineering of Curiosity

The Design and Engineering of Curiosity

This book describes the most complex machine ever sent to another planet: Curiosity.

Author: Emily Lakdawalla

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319681467

Category: Science

Page: 394

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This book describes the most complex machine ever sent to another planet: Curiosity. It is a one-ton robot with two brains, seventeen cameras, six wheels, nuclear power, and a laser beam on its head. No one human understands how all of its systems and instruments work. This essential reference to the Curiosity mission explains the engineering behind every system on the rover, from its rocket-powered jetpack to its radioisotope thermoelectric generator to its fiendishly complex sample handling system. Its lavishly illustrated text explains how all the instruments work -- its cameras, spectrometers, sample-cooking oven, and weather station -- and describes the instruments' abilities and limitations. It tells you how the systems have functioned on Mars, and how scientists and engineers have worked around problems developed on a faraway planet: holey wheels and broken focus lasers. And it explains the grueling mission operations schedule that keeps the rover working day in and day out.
Categories: Science

Technical Innovation in American History An Encyclopedia of Science and Technology 3 volumes

Technical Innovation in American History  An Encyclopedia of Science and Technology  3 volumes

The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job. New York: Springer Praxis Books. Lorenz, Ralph, and Jacqueline Mitton. 2002. Lifting Titan's Veil: Exploring the Giant Moon of Saturn.

Author: Rosanne Welch

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610690942

Category: History

Page: 1082

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From the invention of eyeglasses to the Internet, this three-volume set examines the pivotal effects that inventions have had on society, providing a fascinating history of technology and innovations in the United States from the earliest colonization by Europeans to the present. • Encourages readers to consider the tremendous potential impact of advances in science and technology and the ramifications of important inventions on the global market, human society, and even the planet as a whole • Supports eras addressed in the National Standards for American history as well as curricular units on inventions, discoveries, and technological advances • Includes primary documents, a chronology, and section openers that help readers contextualize the content
Categories: History

Space Architecture Education for Engineers and Architects

Space Architecture Education for Engineers and Architects

[book auth.] Dennis A. Vincenzi, Mustapha Mouloua and Peter A. Hancock. [ed.] Psychology Press. Human performance, situation awareness and ... Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover: Landing Site Selection. ... Springer-Praxis.

Author: Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319192796

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

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This book considers two key educational tools for future generations of professionals with a space architecture background in the 21st century: (1) introducing the discipline of space architecture into the space system engineering curricula; and (2) developing space architecture as a distinct, complete training curriculum. Professionals educated this way will help shift focus from solely engineering-driven transportation systems and “sortie” missions towards permanent off-world human presence. The architectural training teaches young professionals to operate at all scales from the “overall picture” down to the smallest details, to provide directive intention–not just analysis–to design opportunities, to address the relationship between human behavior and the built environment, and to interact with many diverse fields and disciplines throughout the project lifecycle. This book will benefit individuals and organizations responsible for planning transportation and habitat systems in space, while also providing detailed information on work and design processes for architects and engineers.
Categories: Technology & Engineering