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Expanding venue and persistence of planetary mobile robotic exploration: new technology concepts for Mars and beyond
Author(s): Paul S Schenker; Albert Elfes; Jeffrey L. Hall; Terrance L. Huntsberger; Jack A. Jones; Brian H. Wilcox; Wayne F. Zimmerman
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Paper Abstract

The domain and technology of mobile robotic space exploration are fast moving from brief visits to benign Mars surface regions to more challenging terrain and sustained exploration. Further, the overall venue and concept of space robotic exploration are expanding-“from flatland to 3D”-from the surface, to sub-surface and aerial theatres on disparate large and small planetary bodies, including Mars, Venus, Titan, Europa, and small asteroids. These new space robotic system developments are being facilitated by concurrent, synergistic advances in software and hardware technologies for robotic mobility, particularly as regard on-board system autonomy and novel thermo-mechanical design. We outline these directions of emerging mobile science mission interest and technology enablement, including illustrative work at JPL on terrain-adaptive and multi-robot cooperative rover systems, aerobotic mobility, and subsurface ice explorers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 2003
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 5267, Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXI: Algorithms, Techniques, and Active Vision, (30 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.515771
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Paul S Schenker, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Albert Elfes, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey L. Hall, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Terrance L. Huntsberger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jack A. Jones, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Brian H. Wilcox, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Wayne F. Zimmerman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5267:
Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision XXI: Algorithms, Techniques, and Active Vision
David P. Casasent; Ernest L. Hall; Juha Roning, Editor(s)

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