This year, the challenge of safely driving off the Hab platform while also being strong, quick, and maneuverable drove the team to an elegant system of four mecanum wheels with a leaf spring suspension.
Fabricated using carbon fiber twill donated by our Industry Partners, the leaf springs support our drive modules and allow Arp 142 to descend from the hab like it’s Walking on the Moon.
Reflecting an evolution over the course of three years, Arp 142’s drive modules capture the flexibility of indirect drive while capitalizing on the lightness of composite fabrication. These drive modules
Arp 142 is using 4” mecanum wheels