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Alex Ellery Planetary Rovers
Planetary Rovers

Planetary Rovers

Robotic Exploration of the Solar System av Alex Ellery - Solgt av myWorld

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Alex Ellery - Planetary Rovers


With the recent declarations of intent by spacefaring nations to return to the Moon and to send sample return missions to Mars, this self-contained and comprehensive book will be most timely. It will include a case study - the ExoMars Rover - to which both authors have contributed for the European Space Agency. The highly successful US Mars Exploration Rover programme, in which Lutz Richter was involved, will also be covered.
To the authors' knowledge, this unique book will be the only one that covers the space, automotive and robotics technologies specifically geared to the development and design of planetary rovers and the associated problems of locomotion and navigation.
The book will open with an introduction to the use of robotic rovers for planetary exploration and their relationship to other terrestrial applications, including oceanography. The terrain in particular, in planetary environment, is a major design driver for the planetary rover and therefore a review of each planet and small bodies of the solar system and their impact on rover design is provided. Mars is the best known example for the NASA follow the water strategy in astrobiology research and is the most likely planet to be explored in the near term.
Planetary missions are designed with a different engineering philosophy than Earth-orbiting missions. There are great uncertainties about the operational environment, new scientific instruments, and the requirement for new spacecraft and robotic technologies to make them economically feasible. These include rover design, locomotion, autonomous navigation, rover avionics, mission communications architecture and power generation and thermal control. The authors conclude by speculating on the need for the manned astrobiological investigation of Mars in terms of near-term evolution of robotic terminology and how robotic rovers can support manned mission by relieving the astronaut/cosmonaut workload.
In addition, the future of robotic astrobiology missions will be explored with the implementation of biomimetic robots which attempt to utilise biological solutions to engineering problems. Finally, Nanotechnology and its limitations in the miniaturisation of actuation systems will be covered.


"It aims to be a complete overview of the design, implementation and control of planetary rovers, ranging widely from details of past rovers, through overviews of algorithm research into the process of bidding and managing projects for the European Space Agency (ESA). ... it targets a wide audience from final year undergraduates to industry engineers involved with rover development - anyone involved in rover design. ... I would recommend this book to anyone working or interested in the field ... ." (Dr. Iain Wallace, The Aeronautical Journal, January, 2017)


Author Alex Ellery

Product Details


GTIN 9783642032585

Release Date 22.01.2016

Language English

Pages 702

Product Type Bok

Dimension 235 x 170 x 155  mm

Product Weight 12114 g

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