Long cable deployments during Martian touchdown: Lessons learned

  title={Long cable deployments during Martian touchdown: Lessons learned},
  author={Michael W. Shafer and Steven W. Sell},
  journal={2009 IEEE Aerospace conference},
The launch of NASA/JPL's next generation Mars rover is planned for the fall of 2011. The landing scheme chosen for this rover represents a step forward in unmanned payload delivery. The rover will be lowered from a rocket powered descent stage and then placed onto the surface while hanging from three bridles. During this touchdown event, the communication between the rover and descent stage is maintained by an electrical umbilical cable which is deployed in parallel with the structural bridles… CONTINUE READING