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Targeting and Localization for Mars Rover Operations

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8 Author(s)
Powell, M.W. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., NASA Ames Res. Center ; Crockett, T. ; Fox, J.M. ; Joswig, J.C.
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In this work we discuss how the quality of localization knowledge impacts the remote operation of rovers on the surface of Mars. We look at the techniques of localization estimation used in the Mars pathfinder and Mars exploration rover missions. We discuss the virtues and shortcomings of existing approaches and new improvements in the latest operations tools used to support the Mars exploration rover missions and rover technology development tasks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We conclude with future directions we plan to explore in improving the localization knowledge available for operations and more effective targeting of rovers and their instrument payloads

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Information Reuse and Integration, 2006 IEEE International Conference on

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16-18 Sept. 2006