Video: Testing, assembly and preparation of the Franco-German rover IDEFIX for the MMX mission
The final work and tests for the completion of the IDEFIX rover are currently underway at the CNES site in Toulouse. Over the last few months, the final integration of all instruments and subsystems has taken place there. Previously, DLR had already integrated the carbon-fibre-reinforced structure of the rover, including the uprighting and propulsion system, at their Bremen site and delivered it to CNES in Toulouse in November 2022. IDEFIX is to land on the Martian moon Phobos as part of the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission and explore it while moving – despite extremely low gravity. The Japanese MMX mission targets both moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. The MMX probe will explore both moons and eventually collect samples from Phobos and send them to Earth.