Validating the ds1 remote agent experiment
A brief overview of the use of autonomous control in space is now presented.
The beacon software demonstrated a new approach in craft-to-ground communications.
It also looked at the acceptance of computers and computer software in the data collection and analysis process.
The confluence of several factors is creating a nearly “perfect storm” requirement for the use of extensive autonomy in planetary science missions.
Software, developed by Carnegie Mellon was tested on the rover in 2006.
This software (in its most autonomous mode) extended the robot’s driving capabilities by utilizing an onboard terrain map and allowing the robot to plan and update, if needed, its route based on human controller-provided activity and constraint rules [12,13,14].