The mineral exploration division uses the Mobile Scanning Unit to explore the surface of new planets, searching for valuable minerals beneath the surface. The Unit is equipped with an articulated scanning arm and grappler arm and a full communication and navigation suite. Two-person teams alternate operating the MSU and manning the hand-held scanner.
Kyle has this to say: I was going for a modern take on Classic Space set 6901-Mobile Lab, a set I had as a child, with its articulating arm, scanning device and gray/trans-green color scheme. Pete Reid obviously inspired the radar dish, and the little white barrel is a "Chucktainer", designed by Chuck Citrin. The trans-green scanning device is a LEGO paper clip.