Design of a High Mobile Micro Rover within a Dual Rover Configuration for Autonomous Operations
Roland Sonsalla, Yashodhan Nevatia, Martin Fritsche, Joel Bessekon, Jeremi Gancet, Frank Kirchner
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.
As opposed to the present extra-terrestrial exploration missions, future mission concepts ask for fast and safe long range traversal through varied expanses of terrain. The main objective of the FASTER EU FP7 project1 is to improvethe mission safety and the effective traverse speed for planetary rover exploration by determining the traversability of the terrain and lowering the risk to enter hazardous areas. To achieve this goal, it is proposed to introduce a small scout rover accompanying the primary exploration rover. While both, the primary rover and the scout rover are equipped with their own sensor systems, the scout rover will be used to scout the terrain ahead of the primary rover to allow fast and safe traversal [2, 3].