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13. Q: How much more testing will be required on the Mars Drill before a drill could be sent to Mars?
Stoker: "Our next field activity . . . is the end-to-end demonstration of a Mars drilling mission that will be accomplished in Spain in September (2005). Um, that will be the third of three field experiments, ah, that have been part of this MARTE project, that is a NASA—a three-year NASA project to explore the subsurface at Rio Tinto for evidence of a subsurface biosphere, um, and to develop the expertise in drilling that would get us to the point that we could do exploration of that nature in an automated system. So, both of those things have been happening in parallel, basically, at the time. Um, the, ah, the upcoming field experiment, then is the end of our, ah, currently—our current project. So, the September field experiment will be the end of our project, ah, as it is—has been defined, and frankly as it has been funded up until the present time. Now, if we continue beyond this point, it will be dependent on us winning new funding and moving forward with new, other aspects of technologies that we haven't yet been approved to do." (1:30 MINUTES)