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Robotic vehicles for planetary explorationA program to develop planetary rover technology is underway at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under sponsorship of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Developmental systems with the necessary sensing, computing, power, and mobility resources to demonstrate realistic forms of control for various missions have been developed, and initial testing has been completed. These testbed systems and the associated navigation techniques used are described. Particular emphasis is placed on three technologies: Computer-Aided Remote Driving (CARD), Semiautonomous Navigation (SAN), and behavior control. It is concluded that, through the development and evaluation of such technologies, research at JPL has expanded the set of viable planetary rover mission possibilities beyond the limits of remotely teleoperated systems such as Lunakhod. These are potentially applicable to exploration of all the solid planetary surfaces in the solar system, including Mars, Venus, and the moons of the gas giant planets.
Document ID
19930051515
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Wilcox, Brian (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Matthies, Larry (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Gennery, Donald (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Cooper, Brian (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Nguyen, Tam (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Litwin, Todd (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Mishkin, Andrew (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Stone, Henry (JPL Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: In: 1992 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 8th, Nice, France, May 12-14, 1992, Proceedings. Vol. 1 (A93-35501 13-63)
Subject Category
GROUND SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND FACILITIES (SPACE)
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