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Title: The Mars Exploration Rovers : hitting the road on Mars
Authors: Cox, Nagin
Keywords: cameras
interplanetary spacecraft
system engineering
Issue Date: 3-Jul-2005
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2005.
Citation: 16th International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) World Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, July 3-12, 2005; General Public Lecture at Observatory and Planetarium, of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, July 3-12, 2005.
Abstract: Since the beginning of time, people have been fascinated by Mars. From the earliest mission to now-Mars has been (and is) a challenging destination. The Rovers were developed at a breakneck pace in 3 years and landed successfully on Mars in January 2004. This paper will discuss how the Mars Rover mission fits into the overall Mars Program and NASA’s program of planetary exploration. Building the rovers in such a short time period created some difficult design challenges that were mainly schedule driven. in addition, it will cover the process of selecting the rover landing sites as well as the engineering challenges faced in the entry, descent and landing process. The rovers have a great deal of autonomous control ability on the surface and the process of developing and testing those was part of the challenge of doing this in 3 years.
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