Percussive maintenance FTW

NASA fix for Curiosity rovers’s damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

NASA’s top engineers think they’ve figured out a way to get the Curiosity rover’s drill back to work holing the rock faces of Mars.

The new technique is called Feed Extended Drilling (FED) and uses the rover’s robotic arm to direct the drill bit. Tests conducted in February 2018 proved the technique didn’t work very well so the NASA boffins added a percussive element to hopefully drive the spinning drill bit into rock slabs on Saturday.

Percussive maintenance: If it’s good enough for NASA, it’s good enough for me.

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2 thoughts on “Percussive maintenance FTW

  1. Mikael

    How is this different from a hammer drill? #askingforafriendasIprobablymissedsomethinganddontwanttolookstupid


  2. Paul Post author

    A good question and, now you mention it, that is probably exactly what they meant.

    I just liked the idea of NASA fixing stuff — on Mars — by hitting it 😉

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