US Air Forces will test a landing platform on Mars in the coming months, the Air Force Space Command announced.
The landing vehicle will test the rover and lander, the command said in a statement.
The test will take place at the test site in the Mojave Desert near Redstone Arsenal, Arizona.
A landing mission is one of several NASA programs to test technologies on Mars.
NASA is also developing a spacecraft to land on Mars, called the Mars 2020 rover.
It is scheduled to launch in 2022 and then return to Earth in 2023.
The agency is expected to return the lander to the surface in 2029.
The new test will mark the third attempt to land a rover on the Red Planet.
The first test, conducted in 2003, resulted in the first landing of a rover, or a rover lander.
NASA scientists hope to land an astronaut on Mars by 2029 and then send a probe to Mars to measure the Martian surface.
NASA also hopes to send a rovers, a rover rover and a roving robot to Mars in 2037.