NASA announced the completion of the competition for the creation of a system of mechanical sensors to the future of the Venusian Rover AREE. Of 572 projects were selected three finalists, and another 12 participants received consolation prizes. The winner of the contest was the project of the Cairo architect, who offered to dress the wheels of the Rover in the grid, placing before him a system of rollers and pipes, it is reported on the website NASA.
Conditions on the surface of Venus — high temperature and atmospheric pressure — is extremely unfavorable for conducting long-term studies of automatic machines using electronic components. Record the duration of the work on Venus, set during the Soviet mission (read more about it you can learn from the material “to Reach Venus”) was 127 minutes and still not beaten.
In February 2020, NASA announced a competition for the creation of sensors for mechanical Venusian Rover AREE (Automaton Rover for Extreme Environments), the first stage of development which in the framework of the NIAC (NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts) completed in 2017. According to plan, he will receive and to store energy by using wind turbines and spring systems, and the management will be implemented by a mechanical computer, with parts of the apparatus are made of heat-resistant materials, and some electronic components can work in high temperatures. This will allow the unit to survive a few months on the surface of Venus.
The aim of the competition “Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover” — the creation of mechanical sensors, which should provide for safe movement of the apparatus over the surface of the planet, revealing large rocks, crevasses or steep slopes. In total, there were 572 filed applications from groups from 82 countries.
In the end, the winner was the project “Venus Feelers” from the architect from Cairo , Youssef Ghali (Youssef Ghali), who will receive the award in 15 thousand dollars. His system consists of a series of rollers and tubes in front of the Rover, and all the wheels of the apparatus are dressed in mesh. Second place went to the project “Skid n’ Bump — All-mechanical, Mostly Passive” from team engineers Team Rovetronics, their system consists of a movable arm, they will receive a reward of 10 thousand dollars. Third place went to the project “Direction Biased Obstacle Sensor — DBOS” from the Australian engineer Callum Girona (Callum Heron), who will receive the award in 5 thousand dollars: the system consists of levers and rollers is small and visually similar to the element of the combine harvester.