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Reducing software mass through behavior control
Author(s): David P. Miller
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Paper Abstract

A planetary rover, like a spacecraft, must be fully self-contained. Once launched, a rover can only receive information from its designers, and if solar powered, power from the sun. As the distance from Earth increases, and the demands for power on the rover increase, there is a serious tradeoff between communication and computation. Both of these subsystems are very power hungry, and both can be the major driver of the rover's power subsystem, and therefore, the minimum mass and size of the rover. This paper discusses this situation in more detail, and discusses software techniques that can be used to reduce the requirements on both communication and computation, allowing the overall robot mass to be greatly reduced.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1992
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1829, Cooperative Intelligent Robotics in Space III, (1 November 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.131723
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David P. Miller, AI Lab./MIT (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1829:
Cooperative Intelligent Robotics in Space III
Jon D. Erickson, Editor(s)

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