Re: Mars Curiosity Rover... to land 10:31 pm 8/5/2012
"If any one thing doesn't work" indeed.
Why not use the tried & true airbag landing from the other two? Couldn't that be done with a larger rover?
way, the sky-crane could land on it, the lines could break or release before it lands, the lines might not release and it gets dragged along, it could land too hard and get damaged.
And those are just possible mechanical failures.
Rimmer, on what period of history to live in-
“Well, It’d be the 19th century for me, one of Napoleon’s marshals.
The chance to march across Europe with the greatest general of all time and kill Belgians” - (White Hole).