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An Autonomous Sensor-Based Path-Planner for Planetary Microrovers

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An Autonomous Sensor-Based Path-Planner for Planetary Microrovers
With the success of Mars Pathfinder's Sojourner rover, a new era of planetary exploration has opened, with demand for highly capable mobile robots. These robots must be able to traverse long distances over rough, unknown terrain autonomously, under severe resource constraints. Based on the authors' firsthand experience with the Mars Pathfinder mission, this paper reviews issues which are critical for successful autonomous navigation of planetary rovers. We next report on the "Wedgebug" algorithm for planetary rover navigation. This algorithm is complete, correct, requires minimal memory for storage of its world model, and uses only on-board sensors, which are guided by the algorithm to efficiently sense only the data needed for motion planning. The implementation of a version of Wedgebug on the Rocky7 Mars Rover prototype at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is described, and experimental results from operation in simulated martian terrain are presented.
Sharon L. Laubach, Joel W. Burdick
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Type Conference
Year 1999
Where ICRA
Authors Sharon L. Laubach, Joel W. Burdick
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