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GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology (JET)

, 2:9

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Analog Mars Rover Service as a Robotic Hardware and Team Building Platform

  • Sebastian MeszyńskiAffiliated withThe Department of Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus UniversityABM Space Education Email author 
  • , Mateusz JózefowiczAffiliated withABM Space Education

Abstract

Magma White is an analog Mars rover platform created by ABM SE and offered to the developers of scientific equipment built for space exploration missions, who want to test their devices at low- and mid- Technology Readiness Levels in demanding conditions of desert, Alpine and polar regions or artificial environments. The rover offers a remote access to the payload through the Magma White mission control system. The paper summarizes the background of the analog solution. It covers universal interfacing setup and issues related to the team and technological partners, who supply elements of the payloads. Two analog missions provide a case study: Dachstein 2012, when “WISDOM” ground penetrating radar for Exomars was tested onboard Magma White, and Morocco 2013, with “L.I.F.E.” payload and complete remote access from Europe.

Index Terms

ABM SPACE EDUCATION Mars Analog Rover EXOMARS, MAGMA WHITE