High-level autonomy and image prioritsation for long distance mars rovers

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Mark Woods and Andy Shaw and Philip Rendell and Derek Long and Gerhard Paar

ASTRA 2011 11th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation 12 – 14 April 2011 ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands ESTEC Conference Centre , 1/2011


This paper describes an approach to high-level rover autonomy using on-board planning, image classification and prioritisation which has been carried out as part of a project called PRoViScout. This project seeks to prototype techniques which would allow remote rovers
 to autonomously acquire science data and additional sensor data based on pre-specified science goals. Such a capability will be required to support long range rover operations which are foreseen for future exploration missions. This paper focuses on the overall system architecture, smart image classification and on-board planning concepts.