The ESA Lunar Robotics Challenge: Simulating operations at the lunar south pole
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Field Robotics
Special Issue: Special Issue on Space Robotics, Part II
Volume 29, Issue 4, pages 601–626, July/August 2012
How to Cite
Belo, F. A. W., Birk, A., Brunskill, C., Kirchner, F., Lappas, V., Remy, C. D., Roccella, S., Rossi, C., Tikanmäki, A. and Visentin, G. (2012), The ESA Lunar Robotics Challenge: Simulating operations at the lunar south pole. J. Field Robotics, 29: 601–626. doi: 10.1002/rob.20429
- Issue published online: 11 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Received: 7 JAN 2011
Vol. 30, Issue 5, 832, Article first published online: 19 JUN 2013
In 2008, the European Space Agency (ESA) challenged universities to design, develop, and test teleoperated robotic systems for a soil-sampling mission in a simulated lunar-crater-like environment. Eight teams participated and developed a wide range of engineering solutions that addressed the various technical and operational challenges posed by the unfavorable terrain and harsh environment. The robotic concepts developed by the teams are presented and evaluated in this paper. We highlight operational and technical issues that the teams experienced during an intensive 8-day field campaign, report on design solutions that were adopted to assist in operating a robotic system in a lunar environment, and describe the lesson learned through participation in this field-testing event. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.