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Issues And Options For A Mars Rover
Author(s): A. Spiessbach; B. Clark; S. Larimer; B. Tobey; B. Lindauer; R. Koenig; T. Lisec
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Paper Abstract

More than a decade has passed since the Viking landings explored the surface of Mars. Now, after this significant hiatus, momentum is building for a return to the Martian surface. NASA is studying a Mars Rover and Sample Return mission to perform in-situ analysis and collect surface samples of great geological diversity. By their very nature, sites with high scientific interest are not easily accessible from each other or from a safe landing area (large, smooth regions). Consequently, success of the science mission is critically dependent on technological capabilities in the areas of rover mobility, hazard avoidance and navigation. This paper presents a preliminary analysis of the key technical issues and presents representative design approaches.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0852, Mobile Robots II, (1 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.968244
Show Author Affiliations
A. Spiessbach, Martin Marietta Space Systems Company (United States)
B. Clark, Martin Marietta Space Systems Company (United States)
S. Larimer, Martin Marietta Space Systems Company (United States)
B. Tobey, Martin Marietta Space Systems Company (United States)
B. Lindauer, Martin Marietta Space Systems Company (United States)
R. Koenig, Martin Marietta Space Systems Company (United States)
T. Lisec, Martin Marietta Space Systems Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0852:
Mobile Robots II
Wendell H. Chun; William J. Wolfe, Editor(s)

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