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For those of you that haven't watched the landing of Perseverance, set aside 3 minutes to be marvelled by this phenomenal piece of engineering. So many things that could have easily gone wrong, but it went perfectly.


So, just for fun, how do you think it would go if VW built Perseverance?
 
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Sorry. Launch week set back to weeks 51-52 whilst weight and gas emission issues are rectified. Software issues will be rectified after launch using an over the air update (provisionally code named ID3). Telemetry will be subject to regular interactions with VW staff online. Three or four variants of the rover will be available, some dearer than others. Given lack of water the Beach version is expected to be most popular.
 
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Manually pulling 4 fuses to clear errors would be very difficult from mission control.
Could have two robotic arms.
On two different control pcb’s.
They could pull each other’s fuses out at alternating times :confused:
 
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There would definitely be communication issues with no one coming back with updates.
 
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Over the next 15 years VW will send four landers to Mars, calling each one by a new name even though there will only be software changes to basically the same vehicle. Each new version will be more complicated and less reliable. Secretly everyone hopes NASA will just get VW to make a modern version of the original Mariner 4 from 1965.
 
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For those of you that haven't watched the landing of Perseverance, set aside 3 minutes to be marvelled by this phenomenal piece of engineering. So many things that could have easily gone wrong, but it went perfectly.


So, just for fun, how do you think it would go if VW built Perseverance?
This thread is genius. Maybe somebody from VW will read it and shed a tear for the sterling reputation they once had.
 
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Would end up 10L short of fuel due to a late, enforced spec change...
 
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This thread is genius. Maybe somebody from VW will read it and shed tear for the sterling reputation they once had.
That was my hope :thumb

I let the kids stay up late last week to watch the landing live. We watched nearly 2 hours of coverage. It was utter genius. The jetpack photographs the terrain, whilst descending, so it can determine where to land! How do you do that??? The whole landing was fully autonomous. So exciting to watch.

And as for the Sky Crane!!! To suggest it is one thing, to work out how to do it, just wow. Hats off to NASA.
 

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