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    Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    So with the assumed high amount of engineers on CF (it is ISU after all) and the rest of the non-engineer nerds like me, I assume some people would be intrigued by this article.

    NASA Engineer Explains the Audacious Plan to Land Curiosity on Mars - Popular Mechanics

    Using jetpacks and pulleys to put a 1-ton truck worth approx $2.5B, the "Sky Crane" system sounds just ballsy. I love it.


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    Re: Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    Thanks for posting...its amazing what a bunch of brilliant minds and seemingly endless supply of money can come up with



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    Re: Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    I just really hope this doesn't blow up in our face.


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    Re: Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    Fascinating. Thanks.


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    Re:Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    I don't know why, but Buffettclone's post made me think of this:

    http://mobile.omg-facts.com/History/...t-equipp/52034

    "The CIA spent $20 million on a cat equipped to spy on the Soviets, but then it got hit by a taxi!
    The acoustic kitty was a project launched by the CIA in the 1960s. They attempted to use a cat in spy missions. Some of their targets were the Kremlin and the Soviet embassies.
    A battery and a microphone were implanted in the cat along with an antenna in its tail. It would have allowed the cat to record information and sound from its surroundings inconspicuously. The problem was that the cat would get hungry and get distracted because of it. To fix the issue, they put it through another surgery attempting to correct its behavior.
    The Surgical and training expenses were estimated to have been up to $20 million. The first mission for the cat was to eavesdrop on a conversation between two men in a park outside of the Soviet compound on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington D.C.
    The cat was released nearby, but hit by a taxi cab and killed almost instantly."


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    Re: Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    Quote Originally Posted by geburgess View Post
    So with the assumed high amount of engineers on CF (it is ISU after all) and the rest of the non-engineer nerds like me, I assume some people would be intrigued by this article.

    NASA Engineer Explains the Audacious Plan to Land Curiosity on Mars - Popular Mechanics

    Using jetpacks and pulleys to put a 1-ton truck worth approx $2.5B, the "Sky Crane" system sounds just ballsy. I love it.

    So, will there be a betting line here on safe landing versus it augering in? I am hoping for safe landing but this has all of the making of a new crater on Mars.



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    Re: Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCubswin View Post
    I just really hope this doesn't blow up in our face.
    The last thing we need to do is make this guy very, very angry:



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    Re: Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    is there an estimated launch date?




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    Re: Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    When I was graduating, I got a job offer from Lockheed Martin in Houston to work on software for the original Mars rover. That would have been super cool, but it would involve living in Houston.



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    Re: Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    Very cool. NASA is on a hot streak with the Mars Rovers the last few years after some initial problems. Lots of great information gathered at a relatively low cost, given the complexity of launching, landing, and controlling something on Mars.



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    Re: Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    I hope it works out. Thanks for sharing article here at http://www.cyclonefanatic.com



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    Re: Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    Quote Originally Posted by CLONECONES View Post
    is there an estimated launch date?
    Uhh, it lands in less than a week on Mars. So it launched a long time ago. More specifically, last November.


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    Re: Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    Quote Originally Posted by jorgea View Post
    I hope it works out. Thanks for sharing article here at CycloneFanatic.com - The leading online community for Iowa State fans.
    +1




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    Re: Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    Quote Originally Posted by CLONECONES View Post
    is there an estimated launch date?
    It launched last November, the landing takes place this weekend, about 12:30 AM Saturday night/Sunday morning.



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    Re: Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

    Quote Originally Posted by BuffettClone View Post
    Thanks for posting...its amazing what a bunch of brilliant minds and seemingly endless supply of money can come up with
    Ummm....if they had an endless supply of money, things would be a lot simpler.

    A buddy of mine from college was with the JPL, working on projects like this. All it takes is a PhD in EE to open some doors, sheesh!

    He died of cancer a few years back, not even fifty. Miss you, Ali.


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