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Here is a front-side view of the rover.
You can see that it is totally open, so we are going to have to enclose
it to make it suitable for Antarctica.
Here is a back-side view of the rover.
We will put the computers and generator inside the enclosure back
This is a side view of the rover. Right
now you can see it has wheels, but we can put "tank treads"
around the wheels for better traction on the ice.
Here we are pushing the rover back up the
ramps into the shop so we can work on it.
This is a picture of the engine compartment
at the back of the rover. Not only will we have to enclose this, but
this area has to be totally weatherproofed.
Another company is going to build the enclosure
for us, but we needed to figure out what size each piece needed to
be so we built this mock enclosure.
Here is a side view of the mock enclosure.
You can see the floor that was built over the engine compartment.
The computers and generator will be placed on this floor.
Here is a back view of the mock enclosure
This is some of the framing and panels
we received from the company for the actual enclosure. The first set
of materials that we got weren't made to our specifications, so we
had to send them back and wait for replacements.
This is the weather-stripping that will
be used to weatherproof the enclosure. It goes between the frame and
the panels. This material remains flexible in very low temperatures,
at least we hope it does!