Icon-Based Concept for Exploring Rover Autonomy

by J. H. Allton, Lockheed Eng & Sciences Co, Houston, United States,
Damian Lyons, Lockheed Eng & Sciences Co, Houston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III


A model traverse in the Mare Tyrrhenum region of Mars is used as a setting to discuss autonomy and geologic decision-making for a rover mission. An icon-based language is proposed as a concept for exploring what degree of autonomy is useful in geologic problem-solving with remote rovers. This concept can be implemented during field trials on Earth which would cross-train geologists and robot designers, preparing a fine team to specify actual spacecraft requirements. An icon language user interface provides a tool enabling field experiments to be easily conducted by real geologists solving real geological problems.

Subject Headings: Equipment and machinery | Field tests | Robotics | Computer languages | Geology | Aircraft and spacecraft | Decision making | Human factors

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