POLARIS (Planetary Orbiter-Landing-ARea Interface System) is a lander-style robot for research purposes that acts as a data processing and communication hub for all MSE rovers. It houses two powerful computers that process visual data from rovers, performing object recognition and mapping functions for them.
It also acts as a waypoint between the rovers and the operations center. The POLARIS main body has multiple mounting points that can accept a wide variety of future payloads, including a camera mast, robotic arm, and the POLAR cube rover.
MSE’s goal in building POLARIS was to create a lightweight, inexpensive lander that was strong enough to mount heavy payloads on the exterior. BCP provided the sandwich panels for the exterior of the POLARIS lander.