Joel Bessekon Akpo

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Suspicion of water ice deposits in the lunar south-polar region have sparked new interest into the earth's smaller companion, and robotic crater sample return missions are being considered by a number of space agencies. The difficult terrain with an inclination of over 30°, eternal darkness and temperatures of less than -173°C make this a difficult task. In(More)
The importance for small and lightweight rovers providing high mobility and versatility in future exploration missions is increasing. Within this paper the terrestrial test platform Coyote II is presented. The rover is equipped with a novel locomotion concept combining hybrid legged-wheels with spherical helical wheels. This allows to perform side-to-side(More)
As opposed to the present mars exploration missions future mission concepts ask for a fast and safe traverse through vast and varied expanses of terrain. As seen during the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission the rovers suffered a lack of detailed soil and terrain information which caused Spirit to get permanently stuck in soft soil. The goal of the(More)
Robotic exploration missions are gaining in importance for the exploration of our solar system. A wide range of different scientific goals have been formulated for future exploration of Moon and Mars. In order to achieve these goals a need arises for robotic systems and mission set-ups with increasing complexity. Coyote III is developed within the scope of(More)
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