Curiosity Rover: Mechatronics Marvel #1

Mechanovation

Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field that refers to the skill sets needed in the contemporary, advanced automated manufacturing industry. The advanced manufacturing industry, where mechatronics originates, is the heartbeat of most of the developed nations. Today we’ll be taking a glimpse of how the techno-vational wonders of mechatronics have made our interstellar experiences all more palatial.

The Mars Science Laboratory and its rover centerpiece, Curiosity, is the most ambitious Mars mission yet flown by NASA. The rover landed on Mars in 2012 with a primary mission to find out if Mars is, or was, suitable for life.

One thing that makes Curiosity stand out is its sheer size: Curiosity is about the size of a small SUV. It is 9 feet 10 inches long by 9 feet 1 inch wide (3 m by 2.8 m) and about 7 feet high (2.1 m). It weighs 2,000 lbs. (900 kilograms). Curiosity’s…

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