FIDO is prototype rover which provides a test bed for rover operation scenarios and instrumentation. Since FIDO is a prototype, it will only be tested on Earth to rehearse complex rover traverses and science operations. FIDO has instruments similar to those included in the Athena Payload which may be used on future missions to Mars.
FIDO was built by the Advanced Technology Programs
Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A Science Team is in place to guide the development
and implementation of future FIDO rover field tests, including the test mission
that will take place in the western U.S. in August 2002.