Saturday, 6 December 2014

More about Dr. Malcolm Claus meeting

Hi guys,

I'm just going to add a few more things to what we talked in the meeting with our mentor (please be advised this is a copy of the comment I left to Rob's post. I just thought I could make a post of it as I am including a lot information that could be useful for all of us and I don't want you to miss it) :)

Dr. Claus mentioned the Beagle 2, a Mars lander which was launched with the Mars Express orbiter towards Mars on 19 December 2003, as something we could use as a reference for our project. I've been looking into it and actually found lots of useful information that can give us ideas for mini games as well as the different parts of the lander, how they work and their purpose. Have a look here:


As for how the probe would detach itself from the orbiter Dr. Claus said it would happen with a spring mechanism, so with this information I looked in the web and found this article:
This web page has lots of information so have a look and see if you find something else of your interest :)

Another question I raised was how the orbiter is powered, as I thought running out of fuel or batteries could be another option for a mini game. I've done some research and the truth is most of the spacecrafts are powered with solar panels, but missions to deep space (as ours to Neptune) would need enormous panels, so for these missions nuclear energy is the only option. More info here

Also, I just found this blog with the lastest update about the MISSION TO NEPTUNE!! You can find out more about this and also the nuclear fission reactor that is used for the propulsion of the probe in this blog:

Enjoy :)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Begoña, this should be useful I'll check out the links when I get home :)