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Automated rover positioning and instrument placement

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5 Author(s)
Backes, P. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA ; Diaz-Calderon, A. ; Robinson, M. ; Bajracharya, M.
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Technologies to enable automated placement of a rover arm mounted instrument with the rover starting about three meters from the specified instrument target on a terrain feature have been developed and demonstrated on a prototype Mars rover. The technologies are automated rover base placement, collision-free arm path planning, and vision guided manipulation. These technologies were integrated with rover visual tracking to provide a complete capability for automated rover approach and instrument placement.

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Aerospace Conference, 2005 IEEE

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5-12 March 2005