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Evaluation of Human vs. Teleoperated Robotic Performance in Field Geology Tasks at a Mars Analog SiteExploration mission designers and planners have costing models used to assess the affordability of given missions - but very little data exists on the relative science return produced by different ways of exploring a given region. Doing cost-benefit analyses for future missions requires a way to compare the relative field science productivity of spacesuited humans vs. virtual presence/teleoperation from a nearby habitat or orbital station, vs. traditional terrestrial-controlled rover operations. The goal of this study was to define science-return metrics for comparing human and robotic fieldwork, and then obtain quantifiable science-return performance comparisons between teleoperated rovers and spacesuited humans. Test runs with a simulated 2015-class rover and with spacesuited geologists were conducted at Haughton Crater in the Canadian Arctic in July 2002. Early results imply that humans will be 1-2 orders of magnitude more productive per unit time in exploration than future terrestrially-controlled robots.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Glass, B.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Briggs, G.
Date Acquired
September 8, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Meeting Information
Meeting: 7th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS 2003)
Location: Nara
Country: Japan
Start Date: May 1, 2003
End Date: May 23, 2003
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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