Core Sample Transportation Mechanism
Engineering prototype, or 'breadboard' of the Core Sample Transportation Mechanism (CSTM) component of the ExoMars rover Sample Preparation and Distribution System (SPDS), which will form part of the Analytical Laboratory Drawer (ALD).
The CSTM will carry samples collected by the rover's drill (simulated here by the carousel of hoppers) into the ALD, where they will be released through a trapdoor into the Crushing Station and be reduced to powder.
The test system is fitted with a number of cameras, each with an LED lighting system, to monitor the movements of the mechanisms and view the sample as it moves through the SPDS.
Last Update: 1 September 2019