MTR: the multi-tasking rover - a new concept in rover design
Bouloubasis, A.K., McKee, G.T., Sharkey, P.M. and Tolson, P. (2006) MTR: the multi-tasking rover - a new concept in rover design. In: ICINCO 2006: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION. Insticc-Inst Syst Technologies Information Control & Communication, Setubal, pp. 176-181. ISBN 9728865600
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In this paper we present the novel concepts incorporated in a planetary surface exploration rover design that is currently under development. The Multitasking Rover (MTR) aims to demonstrate functionality that will cover many of the current and future needs such as rough-terrain mobility, modularity and upgradeability. The rover system has enhanced mobility characteristics. It operates in conjunction with Science Packs (SPs) and Tool Packs (TPs)-modules attached to the main frame of the rover, which are either special tools or science instruments and alter the operation capabilities of the system.