Jun 17, 2020
Europe pushes ahead with 'dune buggy' Mars rover
AIRBUS The European Space Agency is moving rapidly to develop its next Mars rover. The new rover is dubbed "Fetch" because its mission will be to find and retrieve the rock samples that have been collected and cached on the surface by the American Perseverance rover, which is heading to Mars next month. The most obvious difference between Fetch and Esa's 2022 Rosalind Franklin rover is the locomotion system. They'll need to sanction more funds at that point, but the expectation is that the Fetch rover will be built and ready to ship to the US in 2025. It's in America that the rover will be integrated into the landing platform that also houses the rocket system to take the retrieved rock samples up into Mars orbit.
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