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Topic - Challenges in Mobility and Robotics for In Situ Science

 Mars Sojourner Rover Fido Rover

Challenges in Mobility and Robotics for In Situ Science

presented by Brian Wilcox
Manager, Solar System Exploration Mobility Technology Program


Click here on Thursday at 7 p.m. for the webcast. 
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Thursday, May 8 The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL
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Friday, May 9 The Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA

Both lectures begin at 7 p.m.

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In situ science on planetary surfaces such as Mars, Venus, Mercury and Titan poses extreme challenges for mobile robots. Mobility is needed to avoid the kind of situation that occurred with the two Viking Landers in 1976: despite the rich array of rocks visible around the landers, no rocks could be reached by either of the robotic arms, and thus no real "hard rock" science could be done. This presentation will focus on these challenges and will discuss future missions that involve surface, subsurface, and atmospheric mobility. This focuses the need for technology development in sensing, autonomy, and mobile robot architectures for solar system exploration.
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