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An Automated Approach for Acquiring Onboard Rover ScienceRover traverse distances are increasing at a faster rate than downlink capacity is increasing. As this trend continues, the quantity of data that can be returned to Earth per meter traversed is reduced. The capacity of the rover to collect data, however, remains high. This circumstance leads to an opportunity to increase mission science return by carefully selecting the data with the highest science interest for downlink. We have developed an onboard science analysis technology for increasing science return from missions. Our technology evaluates the geologic data gathered by the rover. This analysis is used to prioritize the data for transmission, so that the data with the highest science value is transmitted to Earth. In addition, the onboard analysis results are used to identify additional science gathering opportunities. A planning and scheduling component of the system enables the rover to take advantage of the identified science opportunity.
Document ID
20030110870
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Anderson, R. C. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Castano, R. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Decoste, D. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Mazzoni, D. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Dohm, J. (Arizona Univ. AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIV
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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