REX - Robot EXplorer

Canadian Space Agency's analogue testing terrain

Canadian Space Agency's analogue testing terrain

Rex - Terrestrial prototype of a Mars rover

  • Description: A science rover that can be equipped with a robotic arm to collect rock and soil samples
  • Target destination: Mars
  • Size (Length, width, height): 1.52 m x 1.42 m x 0.76 m
  • Mass: 140 kg
  • Speed: 0.14 km/h
  • Powered by: Electrical Power, rechargeable batteries
  • Highlights:
    • The six-wheeled rover can drive over obstacles as high as 15 cm
    • Rex successfully completed its first mission on Earth in a joint NASA-CSA field test at the Flagstaff Meteor Crater, Arizona, in 2010
    • Was named Rex (short for Robotic Explorer) following a national contest
  • Built by: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA)