The K9 rover is a 6-wheeled chassis with a passive suspension system that allows the rover to conform to the shape of the ground. K9 is outfitted with electronics and instruments appropriate for supporting research relevant to remote science exploration and autonomous operations. K9’s chassis and solar panels were built at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in
Pasadena, CA. Its avionics, instrumentation, and autonomy software were developed at Ames Research Center (ARC). The on-board rover software architecture is a joint effort between JPL and ARC.