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Sensor head for autonomous planetary exploration

Börner, Anko and Baumbach, Dirk and Buder, Maximilian and Choinowski, André and Ernst, Ines and Grießbach, Denis and Zuev, Sergey (2015) Sensor head for autonomous planetary exploration. 12th International Planetary Probe Workshop, 15.-19.6.2015, Köln.

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Autonomy will be one of the key features of future space exploration systems. There are several reasons to enable machines to perform standalone. First of all, a huge distance to an Earth based ground station can lead to a significant time lapse between command and control. Time critical maneuvers, like descending/ landing or evading/ handling risky situations require autonomous actions. Second, regions on planets, asteroids or comets with no direct line of sight neither to Earth nor to a relay station (e.g. caves, canyons, craters) can be explored by autonomous systems only. Third, system’s ability to approach regions of interest without interactions with human operators and even to detect and prioritize spots of scientific value will increase the efficiency of a mission. All these tasks require a reliable and precise navigation technology, which is able to operate with and without a priori knowledge (e.g. via maps, spatial reference). One promising approach to fulfil this requirement is applying an imaging sensor for the navigation system. Since cameras generate data which are very familiar to human being’s experience such sensors are predestinated to be used for a navigation system. Additionally, camera images can be used for a large number of other tasks – spatial modelling of the environment, identification of spots of interest, visual inspection of the scenery or the exploration system itself by operators. Cameras are the main sensors of the navigation system IPS. Based on the human perception system, DLR developed a multi-sensor head in the last 10 years. This sensor system acquires sensor data and determines the ego motion and derives a 3D model of the environment in real time. IPS can be a valuable technical contribution to future exploration missions on planets, asteroids and comets.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/97090/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Sensor head for autonomous planetary exploration
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Börner, Ankoanko.boerner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Baumbach, Dirkdirk.baumbach (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Buder, Maximilianmaximilian.buder (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Choinowski, Andréandre.choinowski (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Ernst, Inesines.ernst (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Grießbach, Denisdenis.griessbach (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Zuev, Sergeysergey.zuev (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2015
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:planetary exploration, optical navigation, 3D modelling autonomy
Event Title:12th International Planetary Probe Workshop
Event Location:Köln
Event Type:Workshop
Event Dates:15.-19.6.2015
Organizer:DLR, NASA
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Multisensorielle Weltmodellierung
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Information Processing for Optical Systems
Deposited By: Börner, Anko
Deposited On:06 Jul 2015 06:59
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:53

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