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Figure 1:  The selected payload for the Mars 2020 rover.
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Figure 1: The selected payload for the Mars 2020 rover.
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The Mars 2020 mission will be based on the design of the highly successful Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, Curiosity, which landed in 2011. The new rover will carry more sophisticated, upgraded hardware and new instruments to conduct geological assessments of the rover’s landing site, determine the potential habitability of the environment, and directly search for signs of ancient Martian life.

Scientists will use the Mars 2020 rover to identify and select a collection of rock and soil samples that will be stored for potential return to Earth by a future mission. In addition, the Mars 2020 mission will help advance our knowledge of how future human explorer could use natural resources available on the surface of Mars – an ability to live off the Martian land would transform future exploration of the planet.

JPL Robotics engineers are contributing to this project in a number of areas, similar to other Mars Rover Projects (Pathfinder, MER, MSL). Specific areas of importance are briefly described below.

Sampling and Caching Subsystem (SCS)

JPL Robotics is providing technical leadership in multiple areas of SCS, including SCS management, Robotic Arm algorithms and software, and the SCS testbed.

Surface System Software and Rover Navigation

Just like MSL, JPL Robotics will continue to provide technical leadership for the Mars 2020 Rover’s surface system flight software development and rover navigation.

RSVP for Mars 2020

The Robot Sequencing and Visualization Program (RSVP) for the Mars 2020 mission will be built upon the RSVP software developed for MSL.

For more details on all aspects of the Mars 2020 mission, visit the Mars 2020 Project website.

People on This Project
Vladimir Arutyunov
Philip Bailey
Chuck Bergh
R. Davis Born
Sawyer Brooks
Daniel Clouse
Tyler Del Sesto
Jeff Delaune
Marco Dolci
Harel Dor
Kevin Edelson
Jeffrey Edlund
Frank Hartman
Justin Huang
Justin Jenkins
Garrett Johnson
Arash Kalantari
Brett Kennedy
Brett Kennedy
Dan Levine
Todd Litwin
Daniel Loret de Mola Lemus
Mark Maimone
John Mayo
Ryan McCormick
Fernando Mier-Hicks
Scott Moreland
Steven Myint
Jeremy Nash
Masahiro (Hiro) Ono
Kyohei Otsu
Torkom Pailevanian
William Raff
Ethan Schaler
Dane Schoelen
Alexandria Shearer
Olivier Toupet
Julie Townsend
Philip Twu
Joshua Vander Hook
Vandi Verma
Reg Willson
Jeng Yen

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