#322: Exploring Venus with a Clockwork Rover, with Jonathan Sauder

#322: Exploring Venus with a Clockwork Rover, with Jonathan Sauder

An illustration of a concept for a possible wind-powered Venus rover.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

In this episode, Lilly interviews Jonathan Sauder, the Principal Investigator of a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts project to design a rover for the surface of Venus. Sauder explains why exploring Venus is important and why previous surface missions have only lasted a few hours. They discuss his innovative wheeled-robot concept, a hybrid automaton rover which would be mostly mechanical and powered by wind.

Jonathan Sauder

Jonathan¬†Sauder¬†is a¬†NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Fellow and¬†Senior Mechatronics Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in the Technology Infusion Group focused on innovative concepts.¬† He is also a lecturer of ‚ÄúDesign Theory and Methodology‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúAdvanced Mechanical Design”¬†at the University of Southern California, where he received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

 

 

 

 

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