20 May 2009 Multi-rover testbed for teleconducted and autonomous surveillance, reconnaissance, and exploration
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Proceedings Volume 7331, Space Exploration Technologies II; 73310B (2009); doi: 10.1117/12.819991
Event: SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing, 2009, Orlando, Florida, United States
Abstract
At Caltech's Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory (http://autonomy.caltech.edu) an outdoor multi-rover testbed has been developed that allows for near real-time interactive or automatic control from anywhere in the world via the Internet. It enables the implementation, field-testing, and validation of algorithms/software and strategies for navigation, exploration, feature extraction, anomaly detection, and target prioritization with applications in planetary exploration, security surveillance, reconnaissance of disaster areas, military reconnaissance, and delivery of lethal force such as explosives for urban warfare. Several rover platforms have been developed, enabling testing of cooperative multi-rover scenarios (e.g., inter-rover communication/coordination) and distributed exploration of operational areas.
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Wolfgang Fink, Mark A. Tarbell, "Multi-rover testbed for teleconducted and autonomous surveillance, reconnaissance, and exploration", Proc. SPIE 7331, Space Exploration Technologies II, 73310B (20 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.819991; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.819991
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Reconnaissance

Sensors

Internet

Video

Algorithm development

Surveillance

Robotics

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