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Rather than relying entirely on state-of-the-art components, a mechanical automaton built from high-temperature steel and titanium could travel over Venus’ scorching terrain, using clockwork sensors to avoid obstacles while collecting power from wind and storing it in a wind-up spring. Though it sounds like the basis of some retro-future sci-fi novel in which the Victorians explore the solar system, a rudimentary version of Sauder’s vision is being built and tested in the modern day.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: ElGoobero
If I recall correctly, Venus averages over 800 degrees Fahrenheit making electronics pretty hard to use.
This concept makes some sense I suppose but the whole point is to collect data and transmit it to earth. How would a mechanical rover accomplish that without electric circuits?
originally posted by: butcherguy
a reply to: Silcone Synapse
My first thoughts were the Soviet Venera landers.
The landers that functioned after a soft landing only lasted for less than 2 hours.
It rains sulfuric acid on Venus.