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Mars Rover Suspension Patent

Mars Rover SuspensionI ran across a reference to the patent on the wheel system used by NASA in their Mars Rovers, and thought that Patent 4,840,394 - Articulated Suspension System might be worth noting for future examination.

A vehicle is provided which maintains a substantially constant weight, and therefore traction, on all wheels despite one wheel moving considerably higher or lower than the others, while avoiding a very soft spring suspenson.


You and Your Research

Courtesy of Lambda the Ultimate, here is your inspiration for the day, a transcript of Hamming's lecture: You and Your Research.

Addendum: John W. reinforced the importance of courage in my convictions. My pessimism is slowly retreating under the continuous onslaught.