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#1 Cutter

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 05:13 PM

January 4th is the 10th anniversary of the rover Spirit landing on Mars.
The second rover Opportunity, landed 3 weeks later on January 25th.
Opportunity is still operating , the Spirit is quite.
Here's a familiar picture.

Bragging rights to follow.

#2 Cutter

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Posted 03 January 2014 - 11:44 PM

Here's two pictures during assembly in 2002 at JPL

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:02 AM

This is the vertical rotation joint for the aft suspension. With (red cap) in previous picture
They actually built 3 units, one for reference, and problem solving. Still at JPL
Material - Titanium

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:14 AM

The two piece suspension arm with mirror imaged sides are laser beam welded.
The wall thickness is 1 mm or .04 thick. Also Titanium.

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:21 AM

The Titanium was water jet cut from 1" plate

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:33 AM

All this work I did in 2002, which helped considerably with my retirement.
I have a few souvenirs around also.
This ends my bragging, maybe.

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 12:37 AM

Cutter,
Looks like you have the right to brag! WOW, I know a rocket scientist :o
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Posted 04 January 2014 - 01:38 AM

Sorry lawman, Retired Machinist

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 02:05 AM

Any wonder you make these gatling guns look easy !! You have been holding out on us !

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 02:07 AM

Way to Go Cutter..

You have a lot to be proud of there.

Thanks for what you have done with the Space Program.

Later 42rocker

#11 DonLans

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 02:09 AM

That is amazing. Makes this old Machinist feel like an old Machinist. Great work. No wonder its been working for so long.

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 06:37 PM

Sorry lawman, Retired Machinist

Close enough :lol:
No wonder you make gat building look easy!
Very cool
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Posted 05 January 2014 - 08:04 AM

The shop I was working at in '03 did a lot of work for a subsidiary of General Dynamics in Redmond Wa. that specialized in gas generators, air bag technology. We ended up machining the canisters and pistons for the high speed, low atmosphere re-entry parachutes for both rovers. Machined them from billet alum. approx. 12
in. dia. by 18in. lg. They ended up weighing next to nothing. One of the coolest projects I made tooling for.

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#14 Cutter

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 04:53 PM

Toolman,
I remember all the chatter about your project.
Congratulations!

#15 DonLans

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 12:22 AM

I sure miss the pictures of the Mars Rover.

 

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 06:26 PM

Rover stuff

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