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NASA Drill Functional with Help from Force Sensors

Release Date: 06/18/2018

IRVINE, Calif.: NASA’s engineering team has successfully found another way to drill on Mars. For a little over a year, the drill on the Curiosity Mars Rover had been inoperable. NASA engineers tested out numerous solutions to see how they could continue drilling on Mars. The creative solution came in the form of using the multi-axis force sensors in the robotic arm to push the drill bit forward as it spins in a new technique called Feed Extended Drilling (FED).

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