• Question: How long has it taken you to build it so far

    Asked by bump130ear on 28 Jan 2020. This question was also asked by buzz130ear.
    • Photo: Stephen Durrant

      Stephen Durrant answered on 28 Jan 2020:

      The project has been running since about 2007 with the first studies done in 2001!
      Test models of the Wheel/Locomotion system, Drill and the Sample processing mechanism were built around 2012 and then we moved to the main Test Models, what we call the Engineering and Qualification Models in 2013 into 2017. Then we started manufacture and assembly of the Flight Rover Equipment.
      We started Integrating or putting the Rover together in Sept. 2018 when most of the Equipment was ready. The Rover testing started in Sept. 2019 and is just finishing.

    • Photo: Abbie Hutty

      Abbie Hutty answered on 20 Feb 2020:

      To build (actually put together) the final rover that is going to Mars took about 9 months. To design all the bits took much longer!