August 1, 2011.
Plexiglass Protection Shield for the Testbed System of the ATHLETE Rover The All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer (ATHLETE) is a prototype vehicle for surface exploration. The ATHLETE team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is currently constructing a testbed to simulate landing of ATHLETE on an asteroid. The testbed system consists of cables suspending the robot in the air which are controlled by pulleys and winches. The project examined ways to protect JPL visitors on tours from accidentally becoming in contact with the moving winches and cables. The final design is a head-tall, easily removable plexiglass protection shield which allows for frequent maintenance of the testbed.
Matthew A. Frost
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
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