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For those planets and moons that support an atmosphere, ying robots are likely to provide a practical solution to the problem of extended planetary surface coverage for terrain mapping, and surface/sub-surface composition surveying. Not only could such devices be used for suborbital mapping of terrain regions, but they could be used to transport and deploy(More)
In common with other Mars exploration missions, human supervision of Europe's ExoMars Rover will be mostly indirect via orbital relay spacecraft and thus far from immediate. The gap between issuing commands and witnessing the results of the consequent rover actions will typically be on the order of several hours or even sols. In addition, it will not be(More)
SciSys has been involved in the development of Planetary Aerobots (arial robots) funded by the European Space Agency for use on Mars and has developed image-based localisation technology as part of the activity. However, it is possible to use Aerobots in a different environment to investigate issues regarding robotics behaviour, such as data handling,(More)
Airborne robots, or aerobots, are fast becoming potential experiment delivery and planetary analysis vehicles. With the current trend towards a faster, better, cheaper methodology, aerobots seem to offer significant advantages over rovers and other methods of planetary exploration. This paper describes work performed in the Department of Computer Science at(More)
In common with most Mars missions, the current communications baseline for Europe’s ExoMars Rover mission exhibits constrained data links with Earth, making remote operations difficult. The time taken to transmit and react to planning data places a natural limit on the amount of science exploration that can be achieved in any given period. In order to(More)
The packaged gas industry suffers from the loss of gas cylinders due to ineffective inventory management and lack of suitably robust identification technologies. This paper takes a design science approach to this problem and contributes a prototype inventory management system, based on peer-topeer RFID technology, developed to improve this situation.(More)
This paper reports on the feasibility of using a novel and robust microwave sensing technique to analyse and detect silver materials in an aqueous solution. Two products are tested, namely: silver chloride and silver oxide. The study mainly focused on indicating the difference between them and also any change in the size/size distribution of the sample. A(More)
The Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) have achieved a 10 fold increase in traverse distance travelled per Sol when compared with the first rover to land on Mars, and are now in a further extended mission phase. This success is not without cost as primary mission operations can often cost as much as 40% of the total primary mission. The fundamental problem is(More)
The periodic inspection and evaluation of components and systems is paramount to ensure they stay reliable throughout their service life. These tests which occur during the operation of the equipment serve as a means of performance assessment, failure analysis and prevention, monitoring, reliability analysis or could be applied to life cycle prediction.(More)
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