Field Experiments with the Ames Marsokhod Rover

  • Daniel Christian
  • David Wettergreen
  • Maria Bualat
  • Kurt Schwehr
  • Deanne Tucker
  • Eric Zbinden

Abstract

In an ongoing series of field experiments, the Ames Marsokhod rover is deployed to remote locations and operated by scientists in simulated planetary explorations. These experiments provide insight both for scientists preparing for real planetary surface exploration and for robotics researchers. In this paper we will provide an overview of our work with the Marsokhod, describe the various subsystems that have been developed, discuss the latest in a series of field experiments, and discuss the lessons learned about performing remote geology.

Keywords

Titanium Chrome Boulder Mast Pebble 

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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Christian
    • 1
  • David Wettergreen
    • 1
  • Maria Bualat
    • 1
  • Kurt Schwehr
    • 1
  • Deanne Tucker
    • 1
  • Eric Zbinden
    • 1
  1. 1.Intelligent Mechanisms GroupNASA Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA

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