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RESEARCH TASKS
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Research efforts at JPL are called tasks, and fall into four broad categories by sponsor: NASA science, NASA exploration, JPL internal, and non-NASA (typically DoD). Below is a list of most of our current efforts, linked to short descriptions of the work content and the name of the lead researcher.

NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) funded:
  1. Mars Rover Fast Traverse
  2. Mars Sample Tube Sealing
  3. Prime Focus Spectrograph Positioner Software
  4. Structured Light Imaging Module for Rover Navigation

NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD):
  1. ATHLETE Low Gravity Testbed
  2. COMPASS
  3. Surface Exploration Analysis and Simulation

JPL Internal Research Programs funded:
  1. A Minimalistic Robot for In-situ Exploration of Small Bodies
  2. In-Space Telescope Assembly
  3. ISS Remote Inspection System (IRIS)
  4. Planetary Aerial and Surface Access Systems
  5. Rapid Forest Triage by Sub-canopy Micro Air Vehicle
  6. Small Body Surface Sampler and Explorer (SmalBoSSE)
  7. STABLE

Non-NASA funded:
  1. Active Night-Time Stereo and Localization
  2. ACTUV - Advanced Sensing and Behaviors for Covert Operations
  3. ACTUV - Adversarial Game Theory Enhancements
  4. ACTUV - Autonomy Algorithms for Navigation in High Sea States
  5. ACTUV Phase II
  6. Algorithm for Advanced CDAS for USV Autonomy
  7. Angel Fire Phase II
  8. Autonomous Robotic Manipulation Software (ARM-S)
  9. Bioelectric Sensor Arrays for Reliable Prosthetic Interface
  10. DRC - DARPA Robotics Challenge, RoboSimian (Track A)
  11. Micro Autonomous Systems Collaborative Technology Alliance (MAST CTA)
  12. Perception For High-Speed Legged Vehicles
  13. Phoenix Gecko Gripper
  14. Project Tango – Visual SLAM Development
  15. Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA)
  16. Sensor Fusion for Autonomous Navigation
  17. Supervised Remote Robot with Guided Autonomy/Teleoperation (Surrogate)
  18. Test and Evaluation of AVM Tools for DARPA FANG Challenge
  19. USSV - Autonomy For Littoral Combat Ship Missions
  20. USSV - Autonomy for Unmanned Sea Surface Vehicles
  21. USSV - Operations in Challenging Environments
  22. Wall Climbing Robots



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