View Full Version : Discussion: Spirit Steering Problem Returns

2004-Oct-22, 04:09 PM
SUMMARY: NASA engineers thought that a steering problem on Spirit had cleared up, since they hadn't seen it in almost two weeks. Well, it's back. The glitch first appeared on Oct. 1, and forced the rover to stay put for 5 days while engineers searched for the cause. It went away after that, and returned again on Oct. 13. Engineers are now considering workarounds that would get the rover driving again, such as disabling the brakes on the steering actuator that keeps the misbehaving wheel pointed properly. This means the freely turning wheel might give the rover some difficulty as it negotiates rough terrain.

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2004-Oct-22, 05:12 PM
Well, I'm happy as long as Spirit doesn't stop functioning...so it'll take a lot to get my hopes down...so there is a steering malfunction, so what? If it loses traction, that's not a total loss...it can still experiment, conclude a result and transmit the discovery/finding(s) to earth.

2004-Oct-22, 07:27 PM
kinda sounds like a beat up old shopping cart :lol:

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2004-Oct-23, 12:48 PM
Hi Socratus, welcome to the forum,

I had to either edit or delete your post, as one of our rules demands no discussion of religion. Another demands no promoting of websites, but I let you have this one shot at promotion.

I'd like to point out that your post had only the most tangential connection to the thread it was in about the balky wheels on the Mars Spirit Rover.

I hope that now and in the future, you will join in the discussions on this site with enthusiasm, but within the rules.