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JRM Vol.12 No.2 pp. 91-95
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2000.p0091
(2000)

Paper:

Proposition of Microrover System for Lunar Exploration

Yoji Kuroda*, Yasuharu Kunii** and Takashi Kubota***

*Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Meiji University, 1-1-1 Higashi-mita, Tama-ku, Kawasaki 214-8571, Japan

**Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Chuo University, 1-13-27 Kasuga, Bunkyou-ku, Tokyo 112-8551, Japan

***The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, 3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Sagamihara 229-8510, Japan

Received:
November 2, 1999
Accepted:
December 16, 1999
Published:
April 20, 2000
Keywords:
microrover, lunar exploration, mobility, space robotics
Abstract

We developed a lightweight, low-power microrover for surface exploration in space. Such a rover must travel safely over long distances and periods in unfamiliar terrain. We present an exploration mission, scientific significance, requirements, and technology of a rover, proposing mobility using 4 wheels and 1 supported wheel whose suspension is simple and light and as mobile as a 6-wheeled rover.

Cite this article as:
Yoji Kuroda, Yasuharu Kunii, and Takashi Kubota, “Proposition of Microrover System for Lunar Exploration,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.12, No.2, pp. 91-95, 2000.
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