15 November 1999 Inflatable rovers for planetary applications
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Proceedings Volume 3838, Mobile Robots XIV; (1999) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.369242
Event: Photonics East '99, 1999, Boston, MA, United States
A new task has recently been initiated at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to design, fabricate and test an inflatable rover that can be used for various planetary applications, including operation on the Earth’s moon, on Mars, on Saturn’s moon Titan and on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. The primary application is for operation on Mars and, as such, the prototype model in development has large inflatable wheels (1.5-m diameter) that can traverse over 99 percent of the Martian surface, which is believed to be populated by rocks smaller than 0.5 meters in diameter. The 20-kg prototype requires 18 W to travel 2 km/hr on Earth, and could be capable of traveling 30 km/hr on Mars with about 100 W of power. The bench-model unit has been tested with a simple ‘joy stick’ type of radio control system as well as with a commercially available color-tracking camera system.
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Jack A. Jones, Jack A. Jones, Jiuum Jeng Wu, Jiuum Jeng Wu, "Inflatable rovers for planetary applications", Proc. SPIE 3838, Mobile Robots XIV, (15 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.369242; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.369242


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