A brief report presents drawings for the conceptual design of a spacecraft that would land on Mars or another remote planet. The spacecraft would have a tetrahedral shape, would include airbags to cushion impact, and would have a self-righting capability. The drawings show the general appearance of the spacecraft and show the outlines and locations of some power, propulsion, temperature-regulation, and communication equipment. This design presents significant licensing opportunities in the toy and model industries.

This work was done by Tommaso P. Rivellini, Robert Bamford, Jim Hendrickson, and Mike O'Neal of Caltech for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NPO-19859


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This article first appeared in the October, 1998 issue of NASA Tech Briefs Magazine.

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