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Title: Rocket sled testing of a prototype terrain-relative navigation system
Authors: Skulsky, Eli David
Johnson, Andrew Edie
Umland, Jeff
Padgett, Curtis
Martin, Bill
Weinstein, Stacy
Wallace, Mark
Steltzner, Adam
Thurman, Sam
Keywords: entry descent and landing
rocket sled
hazard detection
Issue Date: 31-Jan-2001
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2001.
Citation: 24th Annual AAS Guidance and Control Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado, January 31 - February 4, 2001
Series/Report no.: AAS
Abstract: The next generation of Martian landers (2007 and beyond) will employ a precision soft-landing capability that will make it possible to explore previously inaccessible regions on the surface of Mars. This capability will be enabled by onboard systems that automatically identify and avoid terrain containing steep slopes or rocks exceeding a particular terrain height. JPL is currently developing such a hazard detection and avoidance system; this system will map the landing zone with a scanning laser radar, identify hazards, select a safe landing zone, and then guide the vehicle to the selected landing area. This paper describes how one component of this system-hazard detection-is being tested using a rocket sled and simulated Martian terrain.
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