The ORBIT 2 rover was designed to be a robust, high volume robotic miner for the NASA Robotic Mining Competition and an improvement of the ORBIT 1 design. It employs the same excavation method as ORBIT 1, and can reach a theoretical mining rate of 2kg of BP-1 (Martian Regolith Simulant) per minute.
Rather than a single system like ORBIT 1, ORBIT 2 is a two rover system which split the rover's system's main functions (excavation and regolith transportation) into separate robots.
ORBIT 2, while a unique concept and a theoretical improvment to the previous ORBIT 1 design, it was a very complex undertaking and was not fully finished before the 2019 competition. While all portions of the robot performed well individually, the interfaces between the rovers need to be improved for future use. Nevertheless, the team placed 3rd overall in the 2019 NASA Robotic Mining Competition.