Microrovers for assisting humans on the moon and elsewhere: Microrover catalog, requirements, and general design conclusions

Bruce H. Betts, Mason Peck, Douglas Stetson, Joseph Shoer, Tomás Svítek, James Bell, Thomas D. Jones, Forest Purnell

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Abstract

Microrovers, which we define as one to roughly ten kilograms, have been little studied for planetary exploration, and until this and related studies, have hardly been studied at all for how they could work with future human exploration of the Moon, Mars, and asteroids. For a variety of functions, microrovers have advantages over larger rovers because of their low cost, mass, and volume. We have produced a publicly accessible online catalog of terrestrial and planetary microrovers, defined a set of Level 1 requirements that could be applied to microrovers, and have derived several general design conclusions. Microrovers for use with and by astronauts have high merit and near-term feasibility, and could help enable safer, more efficient, more publicly engaging human exploration of the Moon, Mars, or asteroids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2011
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
EventAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2011 - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 27 2011Sep 29 2011

Publication series

NameAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2011

Other

OtherAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2011
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach, CA
Period9/27/119/29/11

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering

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Betts, B. H., Peck, M., Stetson, D., Shoer, J., Svítek, T., Bell, J., Jones, T. D., & Purnell, F. (2011). Microrovers for assisting humans on the moon and elsewhere: Microrover catalog, requirements, and general design conclusions. In AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2011 (AIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2011).