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Novel concepts for a planetary surface exploration rover

Bouloubasis, A., McKee, G. and Tolson, P. (2007) Novel concepts for a planetary surface exploration rover. Industrial Robot-an International Journal, 34 (2). pp. 116-121. ISSN 0143-991X

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1108/01439910710727450

Abstract/Summary

Purpose - This paper aims to address some of the needs of present and upcoming rover designs, and introduces novel concepts incorporated in a planetary surface exploration rover design that is currently under development. Design/methodology/approach - The Multitasking Rover (MTR) is a highly re-configurable system that aims to demonstrate functionality that will cover many of the current and future needs such as rough-terrain mobility, modularity and upgradeability. It comprises a surface mobility platform which is highly re-configurable, which offers centre of mass re-allocation and rough terrain stability, and also a set of science/tool packs - individual subsystems encapsulated in packs which the rover picks up, transports and deploys. Findings - Early testing of the suspension system suggests exceptional performance characteristics. Originality/value - Principles employed in the design of the MTR can be used in future rover systems to reduce associated mission costs and at the same time provide multiples the functionality.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Systems Engineering
ID Code:15147
Uncontrolled Keywords:motion, space technology, robotics

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