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Author Topic: NASA goes steampunk  (Read 134 times)
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« on: September 25, 2017, 11:20:09 pm »

I somehow missed this when it was announced last month and couldn't find a mention of it here.
The URL says it all: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/a-clockwork-rover-for-venus

Though sadly it will presumably be ceramic rather than brass and mahogany.
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 11:25:36 pm »

I somehow missed this when it was announced last month and couldn't find a mention of it here.
The URL says it all: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/a-clockwork-rover-for-venus

Though sadly it will presumably be ceramic rather than brass and mahogany.

This to me sounds very interesting. I haven't read the article but seems they are looking a "macro-mechanical" autonomous systems like Strandebeasts, as opposed to "micro-mechanical computers." I presume that if they are envisioning a mechanical computer they should also start looking at use of nano=technology which could produce extremely small geared mechanical computers. in silicon. That to me would also be necessary for spacecraft intended for deep-space exploration, near stars, black holes, etc. and other inhospitable environments where ionizing radiation levels would make it impossible to employ traditional semiconductor solid state computers.
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