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The MMX Rover on Phobos: The Preliminary Design of the DLR Autonomous Navigation Experiment

Vayugundla, Mallikarjuna and Bodenmüller, Tim and Schuster, Martin J. and Müller, Marcus G. and Meyer, Lukas and Kenny, Patrick and Schuler, Florian and Bihler, Markus and Stürzl, Wolfgang and Steinmetz, Bernhard-Michael and Langwald, Jörg and Lund, Andreas and Giubilato, Riccardo and Wedler, Armin and Triebel, Rudolph and Smisek, Michal and Grebenstein, Markus (2021) The MMX Rover on Phobos: The Preliminary Design of the DLR Autonomous Navigation Experiment. In: 2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2021, pp. 1-18. 2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference (50100), Virtual. doi: 10.1109/AERO50100.2021.9438496. ISBN 978-172817436-5. ISSN 1095-323X.

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Official URL: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/9438496


This paper summarizes the challenges of deep space planetary robotic-exploration missions, using the example of the DLR Autonomous Navigation Experiment within the MMX Rover project, and presents a preliminary design of the proposed solution to safe navigation of the MMX Rover on Pho-bose The MMX Rover, a joint contribution of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Centre National dEtudes Spatiales (CNES) is part of the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) Mission by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), whose mission objective is to understand the origin of the two Martian moons. The mission involves scientific data collection and a sample return from Phobos, the bigger of the two Martian moons. The mission is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2024. The MMX Rover will fly as a payload and will be jettisoned onto Phobos from a low altitude of about 40 metres. The rover has multiple objectives: terrain assessment to mitigate the risk for the sample-return approach of the spacecraft, exploration of the surface of Phobos and act as a scientific and technology demonstration platform. In this context, the Robotics and Mechatronics Institute, DLR, is preparing to perform an Autonomous Navigation Experiment as a technology demonstration to showcase the advantages of robot autonomy for exploring distant celestial bodies. If successful, the MMX Rover will be the first man-made object to land on and explore Phobos.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/144089/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The MMX Rover on Phobos: The Preliminary Design of the DLR Autonomous Navigation Experiment
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Vayugundla, MallikarjunaMallikarjuna.Vayugundla (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9277-0461
Bodenmüller, TimTim.Bodenmueller (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0899-361X
Schuster, Martin J.Martin.Schuster (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6983-3719
Müller, Marcus G.Marcus.Mueller (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Meyer, LukasLukas.Meyer (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9514-8494
Kenny, Patrickpatrick.kenny (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schuler, Florianflorian.schuler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Bihler, MarkusMarkus.Bihler (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Stürzl, WolfgangWolfgang.Stuerzl (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2440-5857
Steinmetz, Bernhard-Michaelmichael.steinmetz (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Langwald, JörgJoerg.Langwald (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lund, AndreasAndreas.Lund (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3828-2088
Giubilato, RiccardoRiccardo.Giubilato (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3161-3171
Wedler, Arminarmin.wedler (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8641-0163
Triebel, RudolphRudolph.Triebel (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7975-036X
Smisek, MichalMichal.Smisek (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0061-1691
Grebenstein, Markusmarkus.grebenstein (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4026-3716
Journal or Publication Title:2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference, AERO 2021
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.1109/AERO50100.2021.9438496
Page Range:pp. 1-18
Keywords:MMX, MMX Rover, DLR Autonomous Navigation Experiment, Space Rover, Autonomy, Phobos
Event Title:2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference (50100)
Event Location:Virtual
Event Type:international Conference
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Robotics
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RO - Robotics
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project MMX [RO], R - Planetary Exploration
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (since 2013) > Perception and Cognition
Institute for Software Technology > Software for Space Systems and Interactive Visualisation
Deposited By: Vayugundla, Mallikarjuna
Deposited On:28 Sep 2021 09:13
Last Modified:28 Sep 2021 09:13

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