Curiosity vs per wheels

As visible in the image above (and as most of you would have noticed!) the wheels on the upcoming NASA/JPL rover Perseverance seems to be largely different from Curiosity's wheels. A notable difference would be the change in profile. Curiosity looks quite convex, while Perseverance seems to be more of a regular cylinder.

Curiosity had problems with its wheels (first severe abrasions noticed on sol 411), so it is understandable that they would want to improve the wheels greatly for subsequent missions to the red planet.

What benefit did the engineers see in making the wheels flatter?

A sister question was asked on engineering.se: Rover Wheels: Convex or Flat?

It asks a straight question about which profile is better, posed from a more engineering-oriented perspective, not asking why the engineers changed the design. It has not received any answers yet (as on the date of posting this).

  • $\begingroup$ Darn! I forgot to check the tire pressure! $\endgroup$ Jan 31, 2022 at 7:34


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