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Sealing Station Mechanisms for the Mars 2020 Rover Sample Caching Subsystem

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dc.contributor.author Grimes-York, Jesse
dc.contributor.author O'Brien, Sean
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-11T20:08:29Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-11T20:08:29Z
dc.date.issued 2020-05-13
dc.identifier.citation 45th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium, Houston, Texas, May 13-15, 2020
dc.identifier.clearanceno CL#20-0783
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/52364
dc.description.abstract The Sealing Station is composed of two mechanisms: the Gripper Mechanism, for orientation and support of the Sample Tube during the Hermetic Seal activation activity, as well as ejecting Sample Tubes out of the Rover, and the Ram Mechanism, which produces and applies a high force for seal activation. The Ram Mechanism is a compact high force linear actuator that uses a planetary roller screw (PRS) as the output linear stage, tapered roller bearings (TRB) to support the PRS at the high loads, a set of spur gears supported by cylinder roller bearings, and a brushless motor with a planetary gearhead and magnetic detent brake. This paper describes the role of these mechanisms in the Mars 2020 Rover mission as a part of the Sample Caching Subsystem (SCS) and Adaptive Caching Assembly (ACA) and their interactions with the Hermetic Seal and Sample Tube hardware. We report on development testing performed with the PRS that show it has capability of supporting cross-moment loads, something manufacturers of these components do not rate. Also discussed is the interaction of the passive holding torque from magnetic detent brakes and hardstop preload, setting of a very light preload in the TRB, and the complex linear dyno test equipment used, and how that testing could have been improved.
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2020
dc.title Sealing Station Mechanisms for the Mars 2020 Rover Sample Caching Subsystem
dc.type Preprint


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