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MERLIN vehicles for outdoor applications
Author(s): Klaus Schilling; Qinghao Meng
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Paper Abstract

In the context of the European Mars Rover development, prototype vehicles for wheeled, tracked and tumbling locomotion have been implemented and tested. As a spin-off the versatile tracked and wheeled MERLIN (Mobile Experimental Rover for Locomotion and Intelligent Navigation) rovers for outdoor applications resulted. In this paper the navigation sensors and the control system are addressed, supporting the locomotion devices to deal with rough terrain, including autonomous obstacle detection and avoidance strategies. In addition an advanced telematics infrastructure for remote sensor data acquisition and tele-operations has been realized for these vehicles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4715, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology IV, (17 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.474471
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Klaus Schilling, FH Ravensburg-Weingarten (Germany)
Qinghao Meng, FH Ravensburg-Weingarten (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4715:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology IV
Grant R. Gerhart; Chuck M. Shoemaker; Douglas W. Gage, Editor(s)

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