Tip-or rollover protection mechanisms for planetary rovers enabling exploration of high-risk sites

Wolfgang Fink, Alexander J.W. Brooks, Victor Baker

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Abstract

Historically and currently planetary surface exploration missions conducted with rovers are confined to regions that are safe to traverse in order to fulfill the primary mission goals. This mentality/approach has paid off as far as mission longevity is concerned. However, this approach may have also prevented the discovery of exciting science in hard to get to or risky terrain. This paper describes and studies protection mechanisms based on tip-or rollover safeguards with cross-stabilizing beams/struts for ground-based vehicles (i.e., planetary rovers) that either prevent tip-or rollover situations from happening, or in case they do occur, lead to a benign outcome, i.e., the ground-based vehicle 'lands' right-side up for continuing operation. This is especially useful/necessary for autonomously operating and/or tele-commanded vehicles, e.g., on planetary surfaces or in remote areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2018
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
Volume2018-March
ISBN (Electronic)9781538620144
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 25 2018
Event2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2018 - Big Sky, United States
Duration: Mar 3 2018Mar 10 2018

Other

Other2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2018
CountryUnited States
CityBig Sky
Period3/3/183/10/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Fink, W., Brooks, A. J. W., & Baker, V. (2018). Tip-or rollover protection mechanisms for planetary rovers enabling exploration of high-risk sites. In 2018 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2018 (Vol. 2018-March, pp. 1-11). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/AERO.2018.8396821