Marsokhod: Autonomous navigation tests on a Mars-like terrain
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This paper describes the Russian rover Marsokhod, designed by Babakin Center for Mars exploration and the navigation sub-system based on stereovision developed by the French Space Agency C.N.E.S. to provide the rover with autonomous motion ability, improving thus its exploration range on the surface of Mars. Tests of the complete vehicle, including autonomous locomotion, has been recently fulfilled on a Mars-like area build in C.N.E.S. for this purpose by a joined Russian-French team; the main results and conclusions of these test are related.
KeywordsMartian rover autonomous navigation stereovision path planning locomotion
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