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Mass Breakdown of proposed climber

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Required drive system mass, kg:

737

647

Total mass of climber traction drive only, kg:

141

141

Mass of structure in 3 floating axle modules, kg

136

136

Mass of 3 pairs of compression mechanisms, kg

174

84

Mass of 6 motors, kg

71

71

Mass of structure in 3 fixed axle modules, kg

63

63

Mass of 6 Schmidt couplings

53

53

Mass of 6 wheels, kg

51

51

Interface structural material, kg

32

32

Mass of 6 axles, kg

16

16

Mass of 12 self-aligning bearings, kg

Climber with six 50 kW motors

Climber with six 20 kW motors

Description of climber components:

Motor masses courtesy of Rick Halstead, Empire Magnetics

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