Assessment of robotic recon for human exploration of the moon

Terrence Fong, Andrew Abercromby, Maria G. Bualat, Matthew C. Deans, Kip Hodges, José M. Hurtado, Rob Landis, Pascal Lee, Debra Schreckenghost

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

Robotic reconnaissance ("recon") has the potential to significantly improve scientific and technical return from lunar surface exploration. In particular, robotic recon can be used to improve traverse planning, reduce operational risk, and increase crew productivity. To study how robotic recon can benefit human exploration, we recently conducted a field experiment at Black Point Lava Flow (BPLF), Arizona. In our experiment, a simulated ground control team at NASA Ames teleoperated a planetary rover to scout geology traverses at BPLF. The recon data was then used to plan revised traverses. Two-man crews subsequently performed both types of traverses using the NASA "Lunar Electric Rover" (LER) and simulated extra-vehicular activity (EVA) suits. This paper describes the design of our experiment, presents our preliminary results and discusses directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009
Pages1741-1751
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009 - Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Oct 12 2009Oct 16 2009

Publication series

Name60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009
Volume3

Other

Other60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityDaejeon
Period10/12/0910/16/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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    Fong, T., Abercromby, A., Bualat, M. G., Deans, M. C., Hodges, K., Hurtado, J. M., Landis, R., Lee, P., & Schreckenghost, D. (2009). Assessment of robotic recon for human exploration of the moon. In 60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009 (pp. 1741-1751). (60th International Astronautical Congress 2009, IAC 2009; Vol. 3).