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A new strategy to land precisely on the northern plains of Mars

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dc.contributor.author Cheng, Yang
dc.contributor.author Huertas, Andres
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-18T21:34:33Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-18T21:34:33Z
dc.date.issued 2010-08-29
dc.identifier.citation 10th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, Sapparo, Japan, August 29 - September 1, 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 10-2192
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/44713
dc.description.abstract During the Phoenix mission landing site selection process, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) images revealed widely spread and dense rock fields in the northern plains. Automatic rock mapping and subsequent statistical analyses showed 30–90% CFA (cumulative fractional area) covered by rocks larger than 1 meter in dense rock fields around craters. Less dense rock fields had 5–30% rock coverage in terrain away from craters. Detectable meter-scale boulders were found nearly everywhere. These rocks present a risk to spacecraft safety during landing. However, they are the most salient topographic features in this region, and can be good landmarks for spacecraft localization during landing. In this paper we present a novel strategy that uses abundance of rocks in northern plains for spacecraft localization. The paper discusses this approach in three sections: a rock-based landmark terrain relative navigation (TRN) algorithm; the TRN algorithm feasibility; and conclusions. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2010 en_US
dc.subject pin point landing en_US
dc.subject landmarks en_US
dc.title A new strategy to land precisely on the northern plains of Mars en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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