A Commanding and Visualization Software Suite for Controlling the Mars Rovers and Other Planetary Robots
Frank R. Hartman, Brian Cooper, Scott Maxwell, John Wright, and Jeng Yen
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA, USA
The Rover Sequencing and Visualization Program is a suite of tools for the commanding of planetary rovers and other robots. The overall program architecture is based on components synchronizing and messaging over an inter-process communication bus. This paper will provide a description of these components and discuss how they work together to provide several modes of information display and visualization for robotic commanding. Results from over 3000 sols of combined operations of the Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity will be used to illustrate features of the RSVP suite. Support for the Phoenix Mars Lander, Mars Science Lander and other lunar and planetary missions will also be discussed.
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