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Essential autonomous science inference on rovers (EASIR)

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1 Author(s)
Roush, T.L. ; NASA Ames Res. Center, Moffett Field, CA, USA

Existing constraints on time, computational, and communication resources associated with Mars rover missions suggest on-board science evaluation of sensor data can contribute to decreasing human-directed operational planning, optimizing returned science data volumes, and recognition of unique or novel data, all of which act to increase the scientific return from a mission. Many different levels of science autonomy exist and each impacts the data collected and returned by, and activities of, rovers. Several computational algorithms, designed to recognize objects of interest to geologists and biologists, are discussed. The algorithms represent various functions producing scientific opinions and several scenarios illustrate how the opinions can be used.

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Aerospace Conference, 2004. Proceedings. 2004 IEEE  (Volume:2 )

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6-13 March 2004