VaMEx-VTB – A Modular Virtual Tesbed for Multimodal Autonomous Planetary Missions
Joern Teuber, Rene Weller, Luisa Buinhas, Daniel Kuehn, Philipp Dittmann, Abhishek Srinivas, Frank Kirchner, Roger Foerstner, Oliver Funke, Gabriel Zachmann
In Proceeding of the 70th International Astronautical Congress, (IAC-2019), 21.10.-25.10.2019, Washington DC, DC, o.A., 2019.
The "VaMEx - Valles Marineris Explorer" initiative is part of the DLR Explorer Initiatives. As such it is an interdisciplinary research program funded by the DLR Space Administration aimed at developing new concepts, algorithms and hardware for swarm-based exploration of the Valles Marineris on Mars. This includes a hominid robotic platform (project VaMEx-VIPe), autonomous swarm navigation including ground vehicles and UAVs (project VaMEx-CoSMiC) that rely on a local positioning and landing system (project VaMEx-LAOLa) and orbital support (VaMEx-NavComNet) serving as a science data, telemetry and telecommand relay between Earth and the in-situ elements and providing near real-time position updates to the other elements.