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The front pose of the rover.
The rover in the perspective pose.
Rover Power Supply | MMRTG

The MMRTG design incorporates PbTe/TAGS thermoelectric couples from Teledyne Energy Systems. The MMRTG is designed to produce 125 W electrical power at the start of mission, falling to about 100 W after 14 years. With a mass of 45 kg the MMRTG provides about 2.8 W/kg of electrical power at beginning of life.

The MMRTG design is capable of operating both in the vacuum of space and in planetary atmospheres, such as on the surface of Mars. Design goals for the MMRTG included ensuring a high degree of safety, optimizing power levels over a minimum lifetime of 14 years, and minimizing weight.
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Mars Curiosity Rover

This Mars Curiosity Rover was built 100% from photo-reference for an ad campaign for Futek, the company that made the servos and sensors aboard the rover. Seems the boys over at NASA would need over two weeks to give me the 3d files to build the rover, and I had only eight days to build a densely detailed model and deliver two images. This makes for a time consuming build, but you take what you have and build what you can. From many of the actual rover photos that were mostly shot with a wide angle lens and from a perspective, I sketched elevations from each of the 'high character' components. From my elevation sketches, I modeled directly on top of them, giving me a reasonably accurate model.

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Comments (4)
  • Well it depends on if the client wants close-ups or general views. But a client that does not say the view it wants? Not cool..even less considering the complexity of this thing. Anyway it looks very nice. The only thing I'm thinking about is the wheels, I would have though them less cylindrical and more spherical, but I don't know. BTW it arrives next month, lets hope it works fine!

    8 years ago

  • The worst part is that I didnt know what view the client wanted for the final image, if I knew that, I would have concentrated the modeling detail in those areas. I had to settle for spreading the detail out across the rover (just to be safe). If I had to do this again, I would create my wiring systems in 2d planes with opacity and displacement maps to build dimension.

    8 years ago

  • 8 days and from photo reference? This is awesome. Very accurate.

    8 years ago

  • amazing work !

    8 years ago

  • amazing work !

    8 years ago

  • 8 days and from photo reference? This is awesome. Very accurate.

    8 years ago

  • The worst part is that I didnt know what view the client wanted for the final image, if I knew that, I would have concentrated the modeling detail in those areas. I had to settle for spreading the detail out across the rover (just to be safe). If I had to do this again, I would create my wiring systems in 2d planes with opacity and displacement maps to build dimension.

    8 years ago

  • Well it depends on if the client wants close-ups or general views. But a client that does not say the view it wants? Not cool..even less considering the complexity of this thing. Anyway it looks very nice. The only thing I'm thinking about is the wheels, I would have though them less cylindrical and more spherical, but I don't know. BTW it arrives next month, lets hope it works fine!

    8 years ago

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Brian Haeger
Senior 3D Artist, Animator, Industrial Designer Austin, TX