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Microrover research at JPLPlanetary exploration with microrovers can be extended beyond the baseline short-range capability proposed for the Mars Environmental Survey (MESUR) microrover mission. The useful range of the microrover can be increased by using local landmarks to accurately reach desired science sites with a minimal number of Earth commands. Furthermore, onboard processing can give indications of excessive sinkage or slippage, which comprise hazards which may not be detectable from imaging, as well as to improve dead reckoning performance. Lastly, it is important to estimate the mean and variance of mission parameters such as time-to-reach-goal, energy-to-reach-goal, and likelihood-of-finding landmark. The author of the paper discusses research focused on accomplishing these objectives.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Wilcox, Brian
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Johnson Space Center, The Seventh Annual Workshop on Space Operations Applications and Research (SOAR 1993), Volume 1
Subject Category
Mechanical Engineering
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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