For a whole summer, I joined the team at MDA working on BEMA, the locomotion submodule of the European Space Agency’s Rosalind Franklin (formerly ExoMars) rover. This was a great introduction to the hardware necessary to simulate the space environment, clean rooms and systems engineering processes in the space industry.

My main internship objective consisted in creating an environmental test procedure and designing appropriate test rigs to assess the performance of wheel actuators when partially immersed in Martian soil.