MRPTA - Micro-Rover Platform with Tooling Arm

Canadian Space Agency's analogue testing terrain

Canadian Space Agency's analogue testing terrain

MRPTA - Terrestrial prototype of a lunar or Mars rover

  • Description: One of the Canadian Space Agency's two micro-rovers with a tooling arm that can be used for science or as a helper robot for an astronaut or a larger rover
  • Target destination: Moon or Mars
  • Size (Length, width, height): 0.61 m x 0.51 m x 0.61 m
  • Mass: 30 kg
  • Speed: 0.07 km/h at top speed
  • Powered by: Electrical power, rechargeable batteries
  • Highlights:
    • This pint-sized rover's special talent is its ability to travel over rough terrain using a system of wheels or tracks, and can even raise or lower its centre of gravity for increased stability
    • Like Kapvik, it can be used to investigate tight spaces where humans or larger rovers can't fit
    • Its navigation system allows it to be controlled remotely by a human operator, but the rover can also navigate on its own or in collaboration to work with a larger rover
  • Built by: Engineering Services Inc. (ESI). Partners: Cohort Systems Inc (formerly Frontline Robotics), York University.