The rolling hills of Mars or the moon could put the rover in trouble, according tomedia. That’s why the next generation of probe rovers will need to be good at climbing hills covered with loose material and avoidgetting on the surface of soft particles. The new robot, the Mini Rover, developed by U.S. researchers, has developed and tested the complex motion technology with liftable wheel attachments and swingable wheels. The technology is powerful enough to help it climb hills covered by this granular material and avoid the risk of landslides.
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and NASA’s Johnson Space Center have developed a solution that doesn’t require expensive or special parts, but uses just ordinary parts to get the rover out of trouble with just a robot and a robotic arm. Their solution is nicknamed the “rear spinner pedal” and it looks like a ricketurwheel of a rover. The robot can use its unique design combined with walking and wheel rotation to complete the climb.
Professor Dan Goldma, of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Physics, said: “When loose material flows, this can cause problems for robots to move on them. This rover has enough freedom to get out of trouble very effectively. The material through the front wheel creates a local fluid hill for the rear wheel, not as steep as the real slope. The rover has always been a hill of self-creation and self-organization. “
The next step for the researchers is to make a large-scale transformation of the robot to see if the same geodynamics principles work on larger rovers. They didn’t limit their application to other planets, because these robots also needed to navigate the uneven and unstable terrain of The Earth.