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Simulation of Hazards and Poses for a Rocker-Bogie RoverProvisions for specification of hazards faced by a robotic vehicle (rover) equipped with a rocker-bogie suspension, for prediction of collisions between the vehicle and the hazards, and for simulation of poses of the vehicle at selected positions on the terrain have been incorporated into software that simulates the movements of the vehicle on planned paths across the terrain. The software in question is that of the Web Interface for Telescience (WITS), selected aspects of which have been described in a number of prior NASA Tech Briefs articles. To recapitulate: The WITS is a system of computer software that enables scientists, located at geographically dispersed computer terminals connected to the World Wide Web, to command instrumented robotic vehicles (rovers) during exploration of Mars and perhaps eventually of other planets. The WITS also has potential for adaptation to terrestrial use in telerobotics and other applications that involve computer-based remote monitoring, supervision, control, and planning.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Document Type
Other - NASA Tech Brief
Backes, Paul
(California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Norris, Jeffrey
(California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Powell, Mark
(California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Tharp, Gregory
(IA Tech, Inc. Los Angeles, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 2004
Publication Information
Publication: NASA Tech Briefs, February 2004
Subject Category
Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence And Robotics
Report/Patent Number
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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