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Planetary Rovers, 1st ed. 2020 Mobile Robots in Extreme Environments

Langue : Anglais

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The book opens with an introduction to the use of robotic rovers for planetary exploration and their relationship to other terrestrial applications, including oceanography. The terrain in particular, in planetary environment, is a major design driver for the planetary rover and therefore a review of each planet and small bodies of the solar system and their impact on rover design is provided. Mars is the best known example for the NASA ?follow the water? strategy in astrobiology research and is the most likely planet to be explored in the near term. Planetary missions are designed with a different engineering philosophy than Earth-orbiting missions. There are great uncertainties about the operational environment, new scientific instruments, and the requirement for new spacecraft and robotic technologies to make them economically feasible. These include rover design, locomotion, autonomous navigation, rover avionics, mission communications? architecture and power generation and thermal control. The authors conclude by speculating on the need for the manned astrobiological investigation of Mars in terms of near-term evolution of robotic terminology and how robotic rovers can support manned mission by relieving the astronaut/cosmonaut workload. In addition, the future of robotic astrobiology missions will be explored with the implementation of biomimetic robots which attempt to utilise biological solutions to engineering problems. Finally, Nanotechnology and its limitations in the miniaturisation of actuation systems will be covered.
Introduction.- Planetary Environments.- Prior and Present Rover Missions & Lessons Learned.- Rover Mobility & Locomotion.- Rover Vision.- Rover Autonomy.- Rover Avionics and Computation.- Rover Power and Thermal Control.- A Case Study: The ESA ExoMars Rover.- Alternative Means of Mobility.- Synergies with Terrestrial Vehicles.- Conclusions & The Future.
Gives a historical introduction to the use of robotic rovers for planetary exploration

Depicts planetary rover development and all aspects relevant to the design of these systems

Uniquely combines space engineering, robotics and automatic technologies

Provides a case study based on the ExoMars rover deals with associated problems of locomotion and navigation

Addresses the need for astrobiology planetary science missions, highlighting NASA’s ‘follow the water’ strategy
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