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Automated Targeting for the MER Rovers

Estlin, Tara and Castaño, Rebecca and Bornstein, Benjamin and Gaines, Daniel and Anderson, Robert C. and de Granville, Charles and Thompson, David and Burl, Michael and Chien, Steve and Judd, Michele (2012) Automated Targeting for the MER Rovers. In: AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics , Reston, VA, Art. No. 2009-1804. ISBN 978-1-60086-979-2.

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The Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science System (AEGIS) will soon provide automated targeting for remote sensing instruments on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission, which currently has two rovers exploring the surface of Mars. Targets for rover remote-sensing instruments, especially narrow field-of-view instruments (such as the MER Mini-TES spectrometer or the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mission ChemCam Spectrometer), are typically selected manually based on imagery already on the ground with the operations team. AEGIS enables the rover flight software to analyze imagery onboard in order to autonomously select and sequence targeted remote-sensing observations in an opportunistic fashion. In this paper, we first provide background information on the larger autonomous science framework in which AEGIS was developed. We then describe how AEGIS was specifically developed and tested on the JPL FIDO rover. Finally we discuss how AEGIS will be uploaded and used on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission in early 2009.

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Official Citation:Automated Targeting for the MER Rovers. Tara Estlin, Rebecca Castano, Benjamin Bornstein, Daniel Gaines, Robert Anderson, Charles de Granville, David Thompson, Steve Chien, and Michele Judd. AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference. April 2009; doi: 10.2514/6.2009-1804
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