Reported to take off in only three years, making it the year 2020, a robot that is larger than an SUV will be blasting off from planet Earth to Mars. The plan is to have this new robot mildly parachute down onto the red planet’s surface. It will be guided at the end of its journey by a sky crane, bringing it safely to the ground. This new robot is to be the most modern piece of technology on Earth’s neighboring planet. This new device will also hold more cameras than any other robot to go before it, making this piece of technology to be the fastest device to take photos on another planet.
Could you only imagine what Scientists will be able to detect with this new, advanced robot? It will hold twenty-three cameras and its eye upgrades, which will be enabled by advances in camera manufacturing. This will absolutely give viewers a more clearer and in depth look at Mars. Justin Maki, which is the imaging Scientist for this new robot has stated that for operating the arm of the robot, pictures will be taken on the left and right sides of the device. What will occur next is the matching of the pixels between the two images in regards of creating a 3D copy of the terrain. With a wider field of view lens, Scientists will end up with much better-quality stereo terrain maps. It appears that the next three years will definitely be an anticipated journey for the Space world.
Maki and his team’s plan for the next assignment is definitely to compress the entire every day timeline down to five hours. They plan to do this by taking advantage of the smaller, cheaper, as well more powerful cameras on the rover. The rover will have a much wider field of view, but what does that exactly mean? It means that with a wider field of view and a more advanced resolution, there will be less time spent stitching together or even processing pictures. This will ultimately lead to more time working on the next day’s projects for the new rover. Isn’t technology just great? Ultimately, what this means is that there will be more room to accommodate the forty-minute delay in the days between a day on Earth and a day on planet Mars.