Towards a Heterogeneous Modular Robotic Team in a Logistic Chain for Extraterrestrial Exploration
In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS 2014), (iSAIRAS-2014), 17.6.-19.6.2014, Montreal, o.A., Jun/2014.
Future exploration of the solar system is calling for robotic missions with increasing complexity. As scientific concepts for the exploration of Moon and Mars ask for advanced instrumentation and experiments for, e.g., sample acquisition and return, these missions may hardly be handled by a common single rover architecture. The planned but abandoned joint ESA/NASA Mars Sample Return (MSR) mission is an example for a multi-landing mission architecture containing two rovers for sample caching and sample fetching respectively. Looking further into the future, robotic systems will be needed to prepare manned missions and possible outposts on extraterrestrial bodies, requiring advanced robotic capabilities.