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PRoSPECT: Wide Area Prospecting Using Supervised Autonomous Robot

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The objective of this project is the development of a Robot Supervision Architecture (RSA), a telesupervisory control system for multiple, substantially autonomous robots. RSA will allow a single operator, either on Earth, in orbit, or on a lunar/planetary surface to supervise a crew of robots performing inspection, exploration, prospecting or assembly tasks. The capabilities of RSA will be demonstrated in a wide-area prospecting system called PRoSPECT: telePresence Robotic System for Prospecting and Exploitation of Crucial Terrain. PRoSPECT will support robust and highly efficient surveying for in-situ resource utilization on the Moon or Mars, using a crew of rovers being supervised by astronauts in a shirt-sleeve, low-risk environment.

JPL has a co-investigation role for this work, which is led by John Dolan of Carnegie Mellon University.

Completion Date:  11/30/2005

Point of Contact:  Alberto Elfes - Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Sponsored by:  Exploration Systems Research and Technology



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