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Field testing Marsobot, a Mars society Australia robotics project

Hobbs, S., Clarke, J.D.A. and Mann, G. (2015) Field testing Marsobot, a Mars society Australia robotics project. In: 15th Australian Space Research Conference, 29 Sept - 1 Oct 2014, Adelaide, South Australia

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This paper introduces Mars Society Australia’s Marsobot project, and describes the performance of robots during engineering testing at Arkaroola, South Australia. Two teleoperated rovers, one four-wheeled (Little Blue) and a larger eight wheeled machine (Miner), have been built using off the shelf components as part of the project in order to characterise strengths and limitations of different size machines. Both rovers underwent standardised DHS-NIST-ASTM tests over the period 5 – 12 July, 2014. The tests were conducted in controlled conditions and were designed to provide useful engineering data on the rovers’ range and mobility, as well as highlight potential flaws and limitations in design. Both Little Blue and the Miner performed well in the tests, though specific limitations in design robustness and endurance were observed. Lessons learned from these tests will be incorporated into future improvements of the rovers, and refining of the Marsobot project overall.

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