Friday, August 24, 2012

Curiosity Rover Entry, Descent and Landing Reconstruction with Synchronized Simulation

By Ross Melville
This is my take on the Curiosity MSL timeline for landing on Mars. The MARDI (Mars Descent Imager) captured color video at 3.88fps from time of heat-shield separation to many minutes after landing. Many of the post landing full resolution video frames had not been sent to Earth at the time I uploaded this video. The major goal of this project was to be as accurate as possible. The simulation has been painstakingly slowed down and sped up, synchronizing it to the timeline. All other footage is 100% real-time playback or still frames. Another goal was to show how much is going on behind the wonderful descent imager video.

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