A robotic rover-based deep driller for Mars exploration

Tomi Ylikorpi, G. Visentin, Jussi Suomela

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VTT Automation has developed an advanced rover-based mobile drilling device for planetary exploration. The mobile Robotic Sampling System has been designed to perform deep (up to 2 meters) soil sampling on the surface of Mars or other planetary objects. Due to the complexity of the task, very strict limitations as to limited mass and volume, and the need for complete automation of all its operations, the system demands a very ambitious mechatronic design. In this paper the design of the system is described as well as the first functional prototype to be manufactured and now under testing. This work is being performed under European Space Agency funding by Space Systems Finland Ltd. (SSF, Finland) as the prime contractor, together with the Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT, Finland) (the drill system) and Helsinki University of Technology (HUT, Finland) (the roving system and drill electronics).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 35th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium
EditorsEdward A. Boesiger
Place of PublicationHanover
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2001
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event35th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium - Sunnyvale, United States
Duration: 9 May 200111 May 2001


Conference35th Aerospace Mechanisms Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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