Carleton Researchers Demonstrate Innovative Mars Micro-Rover

Carleton mechanical and aerospace engineers will demonstrate a new micro-rover concept that may one day prowl the surfaces of Mars on exploratory research missions. The Kapvik micro-rover chassis, which weighs less than 30 kilograms, has been designed from the ground up by Carleton researchers. It is based on design concepts previously used in rovers such as Sojourner, Spirit and Opportunity.

The six-wheeled micro-rover may one day be used in unmanned planetary explorations as a scouting instrument that could accompany a larger rover. It is also capable of terrestrial exploration as a remote-controlled research platform in some of Earth’s harshest environments. The project is being co-ordinated under the Canadian Space Agency with a variety of partners, including MPB Communications, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.

Alex Ellery, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Carleton and Canada Research Chair in Space, Robotics and Space Technology, will be available to speak to the media.

Where: Petrie Island, Orleans

When: Friday, September 16, 2011 at 2 p.m.

Parking: Paid parking is available using City of Ottawa parking machines.

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