JAKARTA – NASA launched a mission to the Red Planet this summer. Scheduled to arrive early next year, the mission will take the 2020 Mars Perseverance Rover.
While waiting, NASA scientists created a similar tool called Optimism or Operational Perseverance for Integrating Mechanisms and Instruments.
Reported by Slashgear, Optimism has a technological component similar to Perseverance. This includes wheels, a computer and a camera that allows it to move independently. However, unlike Perseverance, the device has no nuclear battery and is equipped with a refrigerator to adjust to California’s climate.
With that difference, NASA created Optimism as a replacement for Perseverance to run simulations before the Mars mission. This tool is responsible for providing an overview of Perseverance’s performance, both in terms of hardware and software performance. That way, the hope is that NASA scientists can make up for any deficiencies before the mission arrives.
“To avoid as many unforeseen problems as possible after the rover landed on February 18, 2021, the team needed this ground vehicle systems (VSTB) test rover to measure hardware and software performance before sending commands to Perseverance on Mars “said NASA. quoted by Digital Market News.
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Earth simulation is considered possible because basically Optimism has similarities with Perseverance. Regardless of the components, this tool has the same size, mobility, speed and remote sensing as Perseverance. So, with that, of course, the hope is that simulation on Earth can be useful to improve Perseverance.
As before, this tool also successfully tested the steering wheel on September 1st. Meanwhile, Optimism is currently housed in a garage at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
The plan is for the simulations to take place next week at the Mars Yard – a red patch of land covered by rocks and obstacles similar to the surface of Mars.