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Design, construction and operations plan for the marsupial rover

Mann, G. (2002) Design, construction and operations plan for the marsupial rover. In: 2nd Australian Mars Exploration Conference (AMEC) 2002, 12-14 July 2002, University of Sydney, Sydney



An essential component of any currently-conceived human Mars mission is a pressurised, automated vehicle capable of safely and comfortably carrying a small crew of explorers distances of tens to hundreds of kilometres from the landing site. The design of such a sophisticated vehicle presents many technical questions and challenges. As a practical contribution to the needed design effort, Project Marsupial aims to make available to the MSA a practical, affordable, 4WD off-road vehicle which can be used for simulating exploratory sorties and for raising public awareness of the value of a Mars mission. Basic issues, design parameters and ideas for the Marsupial Rover - currently under construction in Western Australia - are described. A three-stage construction plan is then sketched out. Finally, a series of eight surface simulation operations for the vehicle are proposed.

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