NASA has installed wheels on a new rover
According to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory website, suspension and wheels were installed on the rover of the Mars 2020 mission. About a week ago, the suspension rods (pipes made of titanium alloy, which, according to NASA, are made using the same technology as frames for high-end bicycles) and wheels were mounted on one side of the device, and yesterday on the other.
The new rover has six wheels with a diameter of 52.5 centimeters; they are made of aluminum. Each wheel has 48 lugs and an electric motor. At the same time, it is reported that the two front and two rear wheels have their own rotary motors, which allow the device to deploy on the spot.
In the coming weeks, a manipulator, cameras, as well as a system that will allow the device to collect samples from Mars, which will then be delivered to Earth, will be installed on the new Mars rover.
According to plans, the Mars 2020 mission will go to the Red Planet between July 17 and August 5, 2020. The device, as expected, will land on the surface of Mars on February 18, 2021 - in the crater of Jezero, located in the western part of the plain of Isis.