NASA Desert RATS (Research and Technology Studies)

NASA Desert RATS
NASA Desert RATS

Desert-RATS is a field campaign which conducts mission rover and extravehicular activity testing in the challenging and remote terrain of Arizona.

Ames scientists have participated in Desert RATS as members of the Science Backroom team which is responsible for the strategic and tactical science planning and operations for the field test. This work is aimed at developing and testing a concept of operations to optimize the scientific return of combined astronaut and robotic systems exploring a planetary surface.