Joseph L. Amato

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Planetary exploration missions avoid the destinations that offer the greatest scientific payout because they entail risks too great for a primary rover. Given the high costs of sending to extraterrestrial bodies, even the small possibility of losing a primary rover precludes the exploration of important, yet risky features. The solution to this problem is a(More)
This paper discusses the design of a modular drive system for a planetary rover, and presents the testing and thermal monitoring results to validate the design. A rover, Oryx 2.0, is designed and developed to serve as a research platform that can transport payloads over rough terrain. One of the key design features is the modular drive system. The(More)
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