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Title: A capable and temporary test facility on a shoestring budget : the MSL touchdown test facility
Authors: White, Christopher V.
Frankovich, John K.
Yates, Philip
Wells, George Jr.,
Robert, Losey
Keywords: Mars Science Laboratory
planetary landing
system testing
Issue Date: 8-Apr-2008
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2008.
Citation: 24th Aerospace Testing Seminar, April 8, 2008, Manhattan Beach, California.
Abstract: The Mars Science Laboratory mission (MSL) has undertaken a developmental Touchdown Test Program that utilizes a full-scale rover vehicle and an overhead winch system to replicate the skycrane landing event. Landing surfaces consisting of flat and sloped granular media, planar, rigid surfaces, and various combinations of rocks and slopes were studied. Information gathered from these tests was vital for validating the rover analytical model, validating certain design or system behavior assumptions, and for exploring events and phenomenon that are either very difficult or too costly to model in a credible way. This paper describes this test program, with a focus on the creation of test facility, daily test operations, and some of the challenges faced and lessons learned along the way.
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