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Mars Rovers

and Robotic Rover Research

A key element of Mars missions is the use of remotely controlled small robotic rovers for planet surface exploration. NASA has an ongoing program designed to develop telerobotic capabilities for remote mobility and manipulation.

Space robotics technology requirements include: the need for manual and automated control, nonrepetitive tasks, time delay between operator and manipulator, flexible manipulators with complex dynamics, novel locomotion, operations in the space environment, and the ability to recover from unplanned events.

Below is a list of planetary surface robotics targeted for use on Mars: