posted on Sep, 19 2011 @ 08:48 PM
Looks like it would dig it's own grave on an alien planet. Besides I don't see how it could traverse abrupt rocks, you see it works in snow, on
permafrost. That means there is hard ground. Besides Russia has never successfully lifted a craft half that weight beyond LEO.
Do you release how much smaller the Soyuz is than the Space Shuttle? The Russians also weren't very good at soft landings/powered landings on alien
planets. That's the real reason they never sent men to the moon. Only one two orbit test flight of their Buran actually landed without a parachute
drop, the only Buran space flight.
That thing must weigh 20 tons at least.
I understand you are talking about scaling down but still, having 8 independent wheels offer much greater maneuverability than two tracks. It's not
like they were stupid. The life of all of the NASA rovers exceeded their mission plan, that cannot be said about the Russian rovers.
Getting stuck is more about expiring it's energy source than it's traction, I suppose you mean the recent Mars rover that got what they call stuck,
even though it's 90 day mission lasted 1,990 some days.