Field Testing of Utility Robots for Lunar Surface Operations

Terrence W. Fong, Maria Bualat, Matthew Deans, Mark Allan, Xavier Bouyssounouse, Michael Broxton, Laurence Edwards, Rick Elphic, Lorenzo Fluckiger, Jeremy Frank, Leslie Keely, Linda Kobayashi, Pascal Lee, Susan Y. Lee, David Lees, Estrellina Pacis, Eric Park, Liam Pedersen, Debra Schreckenghost, Trey Smith, Vinh To, and Hans Utz
AIAA Space 2008, September, 2008.


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Abstract
Since 2004, NASA has been working to return to the Moon. In contrast to the Apollo missions, two key objectives of the current exploration program are to establish significant infrastructure and an outpost. Achieving these objectives will enable long-duration stays and long-distance exploration of the Moon. To do this, robotic systems will be needed to perform tasks which cannot, or should not, be performed by crew alone. In this paper, we summarize our work to develop "utility robots" for lunar surface operations, present results and lessons learned from field testing, and discuss directions for future research.

Keywords
space exploration, planetary rover, Moon

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Text Reference
Terrence W. Fong, Maria Bualat, Matthew Deans, Mark Allan, Xavier Bouyssounouse, Michael Broxton, Laurence Edwards, Rick Elphic, Lorenzo Fluckiger, Jeremy Frank, Leslie Keely, Linda Kobayashi, Pascal Lee, Susan Y. Lee, David Lees, Estrellina Pacis, Eric Park, Liam Pedersen, Debra Schreckenghost, Trey Smith, Vinh To, and Hans Utz, "Field Testing of Utility Robots for Lunar Surface Operations," AIAA Space 2008, September, 2008.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Fong_2008_6142,
   author = "Terrence W Fong and Maria Bualat and Matthew Deans and Mark Allan and Xavier Bouyssounouse and Michael Broxton and Laurence Edwards and Rick Elphic and Lorenzo Fluckiger and Jeremy Frank and Leslie Keely and Linda Kobayashi and Pascal Lee and Susan Y. Lee and David Lees and Estrellina Pacis and Eric Park and Liam Pedersen and Debra Schreckenghost and Trey Smith and Vinh To and Hans Utz",
   title = "Field Testing of Utility Robots for Lunar Surface Operations",
   booktitle = "AIAA Space 2008",
   month = "September",
   year = "2008",
   number = "AIAA 2008-7886",
}