MESR - Mars Exploration Science Rover

Canadian Space Agency's analogue testing terrain

Canadian Space Agency's analogue testing terrain

MESR - Terrestrial prototype of a Mars rover

  • Description: Science rover
  • Target destination: Mars
  • Size (Length, width, height): 2.28 m x 1.62 m x 1.85 m
  • Mass: 250 kg
  • Can carry: 70 kg
  • Speed: 0.4 km/h
  • Powered by: Electrical power, batteries recharged by on board solar panel
  • Highlights: The six-wheeled rover can carry a robotic arm equipped with a microscope and mini-corer to drill into rocks, take sample and perform analysis of rocks using its high definition microscope instrument.
  • Built by: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA). Partners: BRP, UTIAS-ASRL, UTIAS-Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), The University of Western Ontario, McGill University, Memorial University, Brock University, York University, University of Winnipeg, Turquoise Technology.