PLANETARY ROVERS

Robotic Exploration of the Solar System

Alex Ellery

PLANETARY ROVERS: Robotic Exploration of the Solar System The increasing adoption of terrain mobility - planetary rovers - for the investigation of planetary surfaces emphasises their central importance in space exploration. This imposes a completely new set of technologies and methodologies to the design of such spacecraft - and planetary rovers are indeed, first and foremost, spacecraft. This introduces vehicle engineering, mechatronics, robotics, artificial intelligence and associated technologies to the spacecraft engineer's repertoire of skills. Planetary Rovers is the only book that comprehensively covers these aspects of planetary rover engineering and more. The book:
Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations and acronyms

1. Introduction
2. Planetary environments
3. Survey of past rover missions
4. Rover mobility and locomotion
5. Rover sensorimotor control systems
6. Rover vision - fundamentals
7. Rover vision - advanced capabilities
8. Autonomous navigation - behaviors and architectures
9. Autonomous navigation - self-localization and mapping (SLAM)
10. Rover path planning
11. Robotic sample acquisition
12. Onboard autonomous science
13. Case study: Robotic exploration of Europa
14. Future rover concepts

Appendix Brief review of Bayesian and associated methods
References
Index


Extent: 702 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Hardback
Published: 2016
ISBN: 978-3-642-03258-5



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