Operating Nomad during the Atacama Desert Trek

David Wettergreen, Maria Bualat, Daniel A. Christian, Kurt Schwehr, Hans Thomas, Deanne Tucker, and Eric Zbinden
Proceedings of the 1997 Field and Service Robotics Conference, December, 1997.


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Abstract
Nomad is a mobile robot designed for extended planetary exploration. In June and July of 1997, Nomad performed the first such mission, traversing more than 220 kilometers in the Atacama Desert of Chile and exploring a landscape analogous to that of the Moon and Mars. Nomad's journey, the Atacama Desert Trek, was an unprecedented demonstration of long-distance, long-duration robotic operation. Guided by operators thousands of kilometers away but telepresent via immersive imagery and interfaces, Nomad operated continuously for 45 days. Science field experiments evaluated exploration strategies and analysis techniques for future terrestrial and planetary missions.

Keywords
Planetary Rover, Atacama Desert, Remote Science

Notes
Associated Project(s): Atacama Desert Trek
Number of pages: 8

Text Reference
David Wettergreen, Maria Bualat, Daniel A. Christian, Kurt Schwehr, Hans Thomas, Deanne Tucker, and Eric Zbinden, "Operating Nomad during the Atacama Desert Trek," Proceedings of the 1997 Field and Service Robotics Conference, December, 1997.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Wettergreen_1997_5422,
   author = "David Wettergreen and Maria Bualat and Daniel A Christian and Kurt Schwehr and Hans Thomas and Deanne Tucker and Eric Zbinden",
   title = "Operating Nomad during the Atacama Desert Trek",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the 1997 Field and Service Robotics Conference",
   month = "December",
   year = "1997",
}