Hunveyor-Surveyor Field Work Simulations

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A tetrahedral tripod is provided with various objects to simulate the operation of an antenna, a solar array, and an extendible arm.

Contributed by: Sándor Kabai and Szaniszló Bérczi (November 2007)
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Field work simulations play an important role in preparing planetary space probes. NASA's Surveyor probe was the basis for the Hungarian university surveyor, the Hunveyor (Hungarian University Surveyor). This educational space probe model was provided with three instruments in order to simulate fieldwork on the simulated lunar surface at the university laboratory. A solar panel provides energy for a radio antenna and an extensible arm manipulates the soil. These three instruments constitute the equipment found on a minimal lander space probe. Studying the motions of the three instruments helps students understand the basics of planetary surface activities.

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