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Robotics and automation in Mars explorationA new approach to the exploration of Mars is examined which relies on the use of smaller and simpler vehicles. The new strategy involves the following principles: limiting science objectives to retrieval of rock samples from several different but geologically homogeneous areas; making use of emerging microspacecraft technologies to significantly reduce the mass of hardware elements; simplifying missions to the absolutely essential elements; and managing risk through the employment of many identical independent pieces some of which may fail. The emerging technologies and their applications to robotic Mars missions are discussed.
Document ID
19920055542
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Bourke, Roger D. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Sturms, Francis M., Jr. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Golombek, Matthew P. (JPL Pasadena, CA, United States)
Gamber, R. T. (Martin Marietta Civil Space & Communications Denver, CO, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Subject Category
ASTRONAUTICS (GENERAL)
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 92-0483
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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