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AEGIS Automated Targeting of the Mars Exploration Rover

Presented by: Tara A. Estlin  (NASA JPL)
Category: Engineering Colloquia   Duration: 2 hours   Broadcast date: April 03, 2012
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The Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) system provides automated data collection for planetary rovers. The AEGIS software was uploaded to the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Mission Opportunity rover in December 2009 to provide intelligent targeting capabilities for remote sensing instruments. AEGIS enables targeted data to be rapidly acquired with no required ground communication and at times otherwise not possible with traditional methods, such as during or immediately after long drives. Geological targets for rover remote-sensing instruments are typically selected manually based on imagery that has already been transmitted back to the operations team on Earth. AEGIS enables the rover flight software to analyze imagery onboard through the use of data analysis techniques. This system allows the rover to autonomously select high priority science targets based on criteria provided by scientists. When high priority targets are found, AEGIS can automatically acquire high quality data on those targets without requiring communication with the ground operations team. This talk provides an overview of the AEGIS automated targeting capability and describe how it is being used onboard the Opportunity rover.

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Tara's Presentation PDF document (.pdf)