Los Angeles, Jul 14 (IANS): NASA engineers have recently installed legs and wheels, known as the Mars rover 2020 mobility suspension, according to the latest release of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
More than a dozen "bunny suits" – black engineers integrated their legs and plows on June 13 in the clean room of the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at JPL, marking another important milestone in the rover building, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.
Adding to the complexity of the integration effort the engineering team is a "rocker-bogie" suspension system, which keeps the rover's body balanced, allowing it to "rock" up or down, depending on various six-wheel positions, according to JPL.
Measuring 52.5 centimeters in diameter and a machine with cleats that provide traction, or groser, the wheel is currently an engineering model that will be replaced with aviation model next year, said JPL.
Each wheel has its own motorbike. The two front and two rear wheels also have individual steering motors that allow the vehicle to rotate fully 360 degrees in its place.
Mars 2020 will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in July 2020. He is scheduled to land on Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021.