Ben Boyes, who will lead the feasibility team at Airbus, explained that Fetch will be a relatively small rover - about 130 kg - but what is required of it is very demanding.
If all goes well, a third mission, ESA's Earth Return Orbiter, will be on station to collect the samples and seal them away inside an armored, biologically isolated container to protect it on the trip back to Earth.
Airbus is perhaps known best as a manufacturer of civilian airplanes, though the Netherlands-based company has used its aeronautics know-how to expand into the helicopter market and open a Defence and Space division.
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It also looks like the drone might have 360-degree obstacle avoidance, which could be a big deal depending on the software. If the DJI Mavic 2 leak shows an accurate image, there are still some remaining questions about the next DJI drone.
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For some time now, both NASA and its European counterpart, ESA, are working on setting up a so-called Mars sample-return mission.
Sample Fetch Rover will launch in 2026, tasked with transporting the samples loading them into a basketball-sized container inside the ESA's Mars Ascent Vehicle, which will then launch from the Martian surface to loft the samples into orbit. The fetch rover must be able to detect the sample tubes from a distance, drive to the sample location autonomously, pick them up using its robotic arm and then keep those samples in its storage unit.
According to ESA, the mission will require three launches.
Simultaneously, ESA's ExoMars rover will be drilling below the Martian surface to search for evidence of life, and the ExoMars orbiter now sampling Mars' atmosphere will form a crucial part of the communications infrastructure for the Sample Return mission, for which it will act as a relay satellite.
"This remarkable new project, which will see samples brought back from Mars to Earth for the first time ever, demonstrates Britain's world-leading scientific and engineering innovation", says Britain's Science Minister Sam Gyimah.