NASA recently started an ambitious exploration program of Mars. Pathfinder is the first over explorer in this program. Future rovers will need to travel several kilometers over periods of months and manipulate rock and soil samples.
The term “rocker” describes the rocking aspect of the larger links present each side of the suspension system and balance the bogie as these rockers are connected to each other and the vehicle chassis through a modified differential.
In the system, “bogie” refers to the conjoining links that have a drive wheel attached at each end. Bogies were commonly used to bare loading as tracks of army tanks as idlers distributing the load over the terrain. Bogies were also quite commonly used on the trailers of semitrailer trucks as that very time the trucks will have to carry much heavier load.