The idea of making a Martian rover, even a small one, is still far-fetched.
But one scientist is now proposing a way to make a model that can be easily scaled and modified for any surface on Mars.
Mars rover models are the most expensive and time-consuming part of building a spacecraft, but they have become a popular tool in science, with some teams even making their own versions.
NASA’s Curiosity rover is a prototype of this kind of design, with a scale model that was unveiled in 2013.
But it took a while for other teams to produce their own models, so that is now getting a new lease on life.
In a new paper published in the journal Science, the University of Illinois professor of engineering and computer science Alexander T. Hynes and his team have proposed a way for teams to easily create their own Mars-sized models.
Their proposal is based on the idea that if the surface conditions are right, the rover can perform tasks like picking up soil samples and other materials on a small scale, or performing the task of “touching” or “touch-and-go” on the surface.
“The key is that you have the right surface to touch on,” Hynes said.
“You can use a very simple material, like glass, to make the rover’s surface rough.
If you use a metal, it’s difficult.
You can use glass because it’s cheap, but you have to use it on a thin metal like titanium.”
The basic idea is that a rover is made up of several pieces that are stacked one atop the other.
They are all glued together and then “locked” together with glue, so there is no room for error.
The first piece of the rover is the mast, which has to be glued on top of the base of the other two pieces.
The other two parts of the model are the scoop, which is a section of the mast that is attached to the base, and the rover arm.
The rover arm is a small metal part that has to go in between the two pieces of the Mast and the scoop.
“When you have a mast and scoop, they need to have the same height,” Hyses explained.
“So you need a lot of joints.
The rover arm and scoop are really small joints.”
Hynes’ team is using a combination of sand and sandblasting to build their model.
Sand is used for the first step, because sand will be difficult to work with.
“The sand is not the hardest part,” Hays said.
He said that the sandblasts also help keep the model flat, since sand is harder than most materials.
The sand is then mixed with water to make cement, and then the sand is dried with a drying gel.
“We put the sand into the mold, and it’s very hard,” Hries said.
The sand that was mixed into the sand and cement is then dried with hot air, which can be done by a fan.
The cooling gel helps keep the sand in the mold.
Finally, the mold is heated and sealed with a rubber sealant.
The model is then tested to make sure it is solid and doesn’t fall apart.
Hynes and colleagues took the model from the NASA Mars rover Curiosity, which arrived on the Red Planet in August 2014.
The NASA rover is part of a suite of instruments, including ChemCam, Navcam, Mastcam, and Pancam.
The model used in the study is a scaled version of the NASA Curiosity model.
The scale model is only about a meter tall, and is made of a variety of materials.
Sand, sandblasted with a resin, and sand blasted with hot water are the primary components.
“Sandblasted sand has the strength of glass,” Hymes said.
The Martian sand is also very hard, and has the toughness of titanium.
Sandblasted cement is harder and tougher than most other materials.
The models used in this study are relatively small, and can be scaled to any size from 0.25 to 1 meter in diameter.
The team has tested the model with different sizes of sandblasters and sandbagged sand, and found that sand and a combination that contains the sand will scale to the required size.
The larger sand is made from titanium and has better hardness, and will scale well to larger sandblaster sizes.
“That is the reason why sand and titanium are so hard,” said Hynes.
The researchers are now looking at using other materials to create their model, which could include glass, ceramic, and even a mix of other materials and metals.
Hays says that the next step will be to work out how to make sand and concrete that is much lighter than the Martian sand.
“To do this, you have not just to make something, but to make it at a scale that’s very good,” Hicks said.
It will take years to make these kinds of materials on Mars, but this research could lead to better materials