Sun-Synchronous Planetary Exploration

William (Red) L. Whittaker, George A. Kantor, Benjamin Shamah, and David Wettergreen
AIAA Space 2000 Conference an Exposition, October, 2000.


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Abstract
Contemporary planetary missions are characterized by favorable landing sites, communication, and duration. The ambition of planetary exploration is to discover the unknown: to explore regions, not just sites; to analyze, not just observe; and to operate effectively and reliably without excessive communication and ground support. New robotics technologies and mission concepts will revolutionize exploration systems and operations. This paper addresses the key enabling technologies for sun-synchronous planetary exploration: environmental modeling, temporal path planning, scaling, and robot configuration.

Keywords
Sun-Synchrony, solar powerd exploration

Notes
Sponsor: NASA
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Field Robotics Center
Associated Project(s): Sun Synchronous Navigation

Text Reference
William (Red) L. Whittaker, George A. Kantor, Benjamin Shamah, and David Wettergreen, "Sun-Synchronous Planetary Exploration," AIAA Space 2000 Conference an Exposition, October, 2000.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Whittaker_2000_3793,
   author = "William (Red) L. Whittaker and George A Kantor and Benjamin Shamah and David Wettergreen",
   title = "Sun-Synchronous Planetary Exploration",
   booktitle = "AIAA Space 2000 Conference an Exposition",
   month = "October",
   year = "2000",
}