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ATHLETE: Trading Complexity for Mass in Roving VehiclesThis paper describes a scaling analysis of ATHLETE for exploration of the moon, Mars and Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) in comparison to a more conventional vehicle configuration. Recently, the focus of human exploration beyond LEO has been on NEAs. A low gravity testbed has been constructed in the ATHLETE lab, with six computer-controlled winches able to lift ATHLETE and payloads so as to simulate the motion of the system in the vicinity of a NEA or to simulate ATHLETE on extreme terrain in lunar or Mars gravity. Test results from this system are described.
Document ID
20150008728
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Wilcox, Brian H. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
May 21, 2015
Publication Date
March 2, 2013
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Meeting Information
2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference(Big Sky, MT)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
robotics
wheeled vehicles
legged vehicles
rovers