Detailed Surface Thermal Design of the Mars 2020 Rover



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48th International Conference on Environmental Systems


A new Mars rover, the Mars 2020 rover, designed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is scheduled to launch in July 2020. While the Mars 2020 rover is based closely on the Mars Science Laboratory rover, the design evolved to accommodate eight new science instruments and a new Sampling and Caching Subsystem (SCS) to collect samples for possible future return to Earth. Beyond the instruments and SCS, the Mars 2020 rover has several other new payloads, including additional cameras to capture Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL). A small coaxial-rotor helicopter has also been proposed. The detailed thermal design of the Mars 2020 rover is complete. This paper describes the evolution of the thermal design from the preliminary design to the detailed design.


Jason Kempenaar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Keith Novak, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Matthew Redmond, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Edgardo Farias, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Kaustabh Singh, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mark Wagner, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
ICES102: Thermal Control for Planetary and Small Body Surface Missions
The 48th International Conference on Environmental Systems was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA on 08 July 2018 through 12 July 2018.


Mars 2020 Rover, Mars Rover, Thermal Design, HRS