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Rover technology development and infusion for the 2009 mars science laboratory mission
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Abstract This paper provides an overview of the rover technology development, integration, validation, and mission infusion process now being used by the NASA Mars Technology Program. Described are the rele- vant mission scenarios of long range traverse and

Technology development and testing for enhanced Mars rover sample return operations
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Abstract:This paper describes several Jet Propulsion Laboratory research efforts being conducted to support Mars sample return in the coming decade. After describing the 2003/05 mission scenario, we provide an overview of new technologies emerging from

Advanced robotics technology infusion to the NASA Mars exploration rover (MER) project
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Abstract: This paper presents four new technology developments and their infusion into the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission. These technologies were not ready for infusion prior to the launch of this mission. Three of these new capabilities are designed to increase the

Rover technology for open-path spectroscopy surveys
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Abstract Rover technology is presented for executing mobile surveys using a distributed spectrometer for open-path, in situ remote sensing. A low-cost research rover prototype was created to verify mobile survey algorithms for a specific absorption spectrometer being

Mars Rover Technology Workshop
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A return to the surface of Mars has long been an objective of NASA mission planners. The ongoing Mars Rover and Sample Return(MRSR) mission study represents the latest stage in that interest. As part of NASA's preparation for a possible MRSR mission, a technology

ROVER TECHNOLOGY: ENABLING SCALABLE LOCATION-AWARE COMPUTING
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ABSTRACT: Rover stands for Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver. Rover is next generation of Bluetooth, infrared cellular services. Rover technology can be ranging from power full laptop to simple cellular phones. The technology which enables the scalable

Lunar Rover Technology Demonstrations with Dante and Ratler N95-23694
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Carnegie Mellon University has undertaken a research, development, and demonstration program to enable a robotic lunar mission. The two-year mission scenario is to traverse 1,000 kilometers, revisiting the historic sites of Apollo 11, Surveyor 5, Ranger 8, Apollo 17

Planetary rover technology development requirements
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Roger J. Bedard Jr. and Brian K. Muirhead Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology 4800 Oak Grove Drive Pasadena, California 91109 and Dr. Melvin D. Montemerlo and Murray S. Hirschbein National Aeronautics and Space Administration Office of Aeronautics

Rover functional autonomy development for the mars mobile science laboratory
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Abstract:This paper provides an overview of the rover technology development, integration, and validation process now being used by the Mars Technology Program. Described are the relevant mission scenarios of long traverse and instrument placement,

An integrated system for multi-rover scientific exploration
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Abstract This paper describes an integrated system for coordinating multiple rover behavior with the overall goal of collecting planetary surface data. The Multi-P~ over Integrated Science Understanding System combines concepts from machine learning with planning

Obstacle avoidance and safeguarding for a lunar rover
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Abstract We are developing techniques for safeguarding the remote operation of lunar rovers. This paper presents two complementary techniques: One, based on stereo vision, evaluates the traversability of paths the rover could follow, and produces preferences for

CRAB-Exploration rover with advanced obstacle negotiation capabilities
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ABSTRACT Many exploration rovers have been proposed in the past, but none was compared to other systems. Therefore, this paper not only introduces the locomotion concept CRAB, but also compares it to other rovers regarding obstacle negotiation capabilities.

Planning and control algorithms for enhanced rough-terrain rover mobility
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Abstract Future planetary exploration missions will require rovers to perform difficult tasks in rough terrain, with limited human supervision. Many current motion planning and control algorithms do not consider the physical characteristics of the rover and its environment,

MICRO PLANETARY ROVER" MICROS
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Abstract This paper describes a newly developed rover with small size, light-weight, low power consumption. In recent years, many researchers have extensively studied and developed unmanned mobile robots for surface exploration of the moon or planets. A

The challenges of designing the rocker-bogie suspension for the Mars Exploration Rover
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Abstract Over the past decade, the rocker-bogie suspension design has become a proven mobility application known for its superior vehicle stability and obstacle-climbing capability [1, 2]. Following several technology and research rover implementations, the system was

FIDO: a Field Integrated Design Operations rover for Mars surface exploration
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Abstract We overview our recent development and testing of the FIDO rover, an advanced technology prototype for long range mobile planetary science. The current rover is capable of semi-autonomously navigating to, and gathering multi-modal science data from widely

Stereo perception and dead reckoning for a prototype lunar rover
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Abstract. This paper describes practical, effective approaches to stereo perception and dead reckoning, and presents results from systems implemented for a prototype lunar rover operating in natural, outdoor environments. The stereo perception hardware includes a binocular

The CMU Rover.
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Abstract An advanced camera-equipped mobile robot is being built at the ChlU Robotics Institute to support research in control. perception, planning and related issues. It will bc used initially to continue and extend visual navigation work (the Cart Project) completed in

An integrated walking system for the Ambler planetary rover
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Abstract The CMU Planetary Rover project is developing the Ambler, a six-legged robot designed for planetary ex-ploration. We have developed reliable and efficient control, perception, and planning algorithms suitable for navigating rugged terrain. The

SMC rover: planetary rover with transformable wheels
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Abstract: We are proposing a new planetary rover system called SMC rover. This system consists of one main body and some wheel units, which are detachable and able to work as child rovers, called Uni-Rover. Trial models of Uni-Rover and SMC rover have been

Rover mobility performance evaluation tool (RMPET): a systematic tool for rover chassis evaluation via application of Bekker theory
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ABSTRACT With the current focus set on detailed investigation of the scientific hot spots on the surface of Mars, it has been noticed that the current range of autonomous robotic explorers are facing a grave problem in the form of highly hostile terrain. It has been the

Autonomous navigation system for planetary exploration rover based on artificial potential fields
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Abstract In this paper a navigation system for an autonomous planetary exploration rover, based on artificial potential fields, is presented. The rover moves to a predefined final position avoiding the obstacles detected by an artificial vision system developed for that

Analysis and simulation of a rocker-bogie exploration rover
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Abstract Rovers will continue to play an important role in planetary exploration. Plans include the use of the rocker-bogie rover configuration. Here, models of the mechanics of this configuration are presented. Methods for solving the inverse kinematics of the system

Chassis concepts for the ExoMars rover
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Following support provided to the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2002, for the in-house work on the Pre-Phase A activities of the ExoMars Mission of the Aurora Exploration Programme, RCL was contracted by ESA in summer 2003 to provide technical

Ambler: a six-legged planetary rover
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Abstract:The goal of the CMU Planetary Rover project is to prototype an autonomous mobile robot for planetary exploration. We have con-structéd a six-legged walking robot, called the Ambler, that features orthogonal legs, an overlapping gait, and a scanning laser

Rover traverse science for increased mission science return
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Abstract:Rover traverse distances are increasing at a faster rate than downlink capacity is increasing. As this trend continues, the quantity of data that can be returned to Earth per meter traversed is reduced. The capacity of the rover to collect data, however, remains


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