Page MenuHomeFeedback Tracker

Careless ChemCam use can break equipment
Closed, ResolvedPublic


If you fire the ChemCam Laser at a vehicle, it should take damage. Sensitive Instruments and Wheels should get destroyed if enough energy from the beams hit them.


Legacy ID
Not A Bug
Steps To Reproduce

Currently it's not possible to destroy any equipment

Event Timeline

Typhoon2142 set Category to category:suggestions.
Typhoon2142 set Reproducibility to N/A.
Typhoon2142 set Severity to None.
Typhoon2142 set Resolution to Not A Bug.
Typhoon2142 set Legacy ID to 3545754963.May 9 2016, 9:52 AM
Akane added a subscriber: Akane.May 9 2016, 9:52 AM

I really don't think that should be the case - maybe damage optics if you point it at a camera, but that's it. The laser used for LIBS (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) is pretty, well, weak. It isn't the badass pewpew future science gun we all secretly want it to be. The real LIBS/ChemCam system on MSL uses a 1067nm infrared laser that uses tiny pulses, only five nanoseconds each. 50 pulses, the first 5 to clean the target off, and after that to analyze. I do not believe it could actually break anything other than cameras, especially wheels, which are relatively thick. The area it blasts only is a bit over a millimeter deep from the original surface.

Dram added a comment.Aug 17 2013, 7:42 PM

Actually this is already the case. Try aiming the laser at a camera and do 2 analyses of it. You will see it breaks the camera. It will not do damage to "tough" objects such as wheels, arms and so on.