This paper details the motivation behind COTS component testing, the results, and their application for a low-cost, sample and fetch scout rover to accompany large scientific exploration rovers. Carleton University's Space Exploration Engineering Group proposed using Maxon motors and controllers for the wheel and mechanism assemblies on a micro-rover development platform called Kapvik. These components were subjected to extensive environment tests to determine their operability at sub-rated temperatures. The results showed the motors and controllers will perform at temperatures experienced at equatorial Mars.

JBIS - Journal of the British Interplanetary Society
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Cross, M. (Matthew), Nicol, C. (Christopher), Qadi, A. (Ala), & Ellery, A. (2013). Application of cots components for martian surface exploration. JBIS - Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 66(5-6), 161–166.