Development of the electro-mechanical systems of the Sample Fetch Rover for the NASA/ESA Mars Sample Return campaign.

Abstract

The Mars Sample Return (MSR) campaign is a joint endeavour between the space agencies NASA and ESA, aiming at bringing samples of the Martian surface back to Earth by the early 2030s. The Sample Fetch Rover (SFR) is a key element in this architecture as it will locate and retrieve the samples previously prepared by the Perseverance rover. The SFR will then deliver the samples to a lander, from which they will be launched into Mars orbit.
This research project focuses on the development of the major electro-mechanical systems aboard the SFR: in particular mechanisms, planetary locomotion, robotic subsystems and their control. The architecture of the spacecraft will be matured from an initial concept to preliminary design through requirements and design definition, documenting the evolution of a unique mission in the history of robotic spaceflight.

Project Goals

The main goals of this project are:

  • mature the electro-mechanical architecture of the SFR until it is suitable for industrial implementation;
  • lead and document the development of the spacecraft mechanisms and robotic subsystems towards Preliminary Design Review (PDR).

In collaboration with: AirBus UK.


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