Virtual Validation and Verification of the VaMEx Initative
In Proceedings of the 16th International Planetary Probe Workshop, (IPPW-2019), 08.7.-12.7.2019, Oxford, o.A., 2019.
We present an overview of the Valles Marineris Explorer (VaMEx) initiative, a DLR-funded project line for the development of required key technologies to enable a future swarm exploration of the Valles Marineris on Mars. The Valles
Marineris is a wide canyon range, near the Martian equator. The so far still fictive VaMEx mission scenario compromises a swarm of different robots, including rovers, flying drones and a hominid robot. Here, we present VaMEx-VTB, a virtual
testbed (VTB) with a digitalized map of the large and fragmented terrain of the Valles Marineris. The VaMEx-VTB allows an adjustable validation as well as verification of the complex mission design in virtual reality, due to its modular design. It shall also be used in preparation of field tests in the near future for validation of each swarm element's ability for interactive swarm cooperation and collaboration.