The objective of the rover is to satisfy NASA Student Launch Requirements 4.3-Deployable Rover / Soil Sample Recovery Requirements. For the rover to completely succeed in its mission it must satisfy each requirement listed. Overall, the rover begins its mission retained within the launch vehicle by a fail-safe active retention system. Once landed after launch, the ground crew remotely activates the rover to deploy from the internal structure of the launch vehicle. After deployment, the rover autonomously moves at least 10 ft away from its deployment site and collects a soil sample. The soil sample is at least 10 mL in volume and the sample compartment subsequently closes to protect the sample after collection. The batteries of the rover are also brightly colored, clearly marked as a fire hazard, easily distinguishable from other parts, and protected from impact with ground.
Last Updated: 16 January 2019