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Mars Sample Transfer Testbed (MSTT)

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Mars Sample Transfer Testbed

Establish a testbed and develop robotic technology to demonstrate capability to retrieve a surface cache of Mars samples and deliver that cache to a Mars Ascent Vehicle.

The task will assess the requirements for a testbed to study the retrieval of a Mars sample cache from the Martian surface, or from a Mars caching rover, and subsequent delivery of that cache to the upper stage of a Mars Ascent Vehicle for launch into Mars orbit.  The testbed will be implemented and used to develop and demonstrate prototype architectures and technologies for cache retrieval and transfer.

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