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JRM Vol.12 No.4 pp. 438-442
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2000.p0438
(2000)

Paper:

Mission-Task Support Aspects of Planetary Rover for Surface Analysis

Nobuto Yoshioka

Office of Research and Development, National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), 2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki 305-8505, Japan

Received:
April 9, 2000
Accepted:
April 11, 2000
Published:
August 20, 2000
Keywords:
Planetary rovers, Mission support, Lunar exploration, Common interface, Soil mechanics
Abstract

As an extension to space robotics technology, the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) has been examining possible scenarios for unmanned planetary explorations. The paper discusses the roles of planetary rovers in terms of mission support aspects during presumed lunar-surface robotics tasks, and then describes a Compact Payload-Interface-Device (CPID) that acts as a common gateway for detachable instruments. A surface excavation tool is also designed and evaluated for its “mechanics-soil interaction” as one example of system design.

Cite this article as:
Nobuto Yoshioka, “Mission-Task Support Aspects of Planetary Rover for Surface Analysis,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.12, No.4, pp. 438-442, 2000.
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