Exomars Rover Localization and Topographic Mapping: Pre-Launch PanCam Modeling and Traverse Error Analysis


ExoMars is the flagship mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) Aurora Programme designed to support the future exploration of the Solar System via robotic and human means. The ExoMars mobile scientific platform (rover) will need to be highly mobile and capable of traveling approximately 100m per Sol across a potentially hostile terrain in order to achieve the scientific objectives of this mission. High-precision rover localization and topographic mapping are critical for safe
 planetary surface operations, traverse path planning, and coordinated multidisciplinary scientific experimentation.