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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. PIXL Optical Fiducial System

NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD):
  1. COMPASS
  2. Surface Exploration Analysis and Simulation

NASA Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT):
  1. Orbiting Rainbows

JPL Internal Research Programs funded:
  1. Autonomous Small UAVs for In-situ Observation of Ecosystem Properties from Leaf to Canopy
  2. Mars On-Orbit Sample Transfer Technologies (MOSTT)
  3. Mars Sample Transfer Testbed (MSTT)

Non-NASA funded:
  1. Autonomy and Situational Awareness for UMS
  2. CODE - Collaborative Ops in Denied Environment
  3. Coordinated Tactical Behaviors
  4. Detailed ASV/USV Modeling and Simulation System (DAMS)
  5. Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA)
  6. Supervised Remote Robot with Guided Autonomy/Teleoperation (Surrogate)



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