The Autonomy and Robotics Area (ARA) at NASA Ames Research Center has investigated the use of various types of Virtual Reality-based operator interfaces to remotely control complex robotic mechanisms. In this paper, we describe the major accomplishments and technology applications of the ARA in this area, and highlight the advantages and issues related to… (More)
This paper describes the K9 rover operations at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) during a dual-rover field experiment involving the NASA Ames Research Center's K9 rover and JPL's FIDO rover in May of 2000. We will describe the use of various ground tools used for sequence generation and the onboard conditional executive.
Modern NASA planetary exploration missions employ complex systems of hardware and software managed by large teams of engineers and scientists in order to study remote environments. The most complex and successful of these recent projects is the Mars Exploration Rover mission. The Computational Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center delivered a 3D… (More)
This paper introduces an advanced rover localization system suitable for autonomous planetary exploration in the absence of Global Positioning System (GPS) infrastructure. Given an existing terrain map (image and elevation) obtained from satellite imagery and the images provided by the rover stereo camera system, the proposed method determines the best… (More)
In this paper, we describe NASA Ames Research Center's K10 rover as used in the 2006 Coordinated Field Demonstration at Meteor Crater, Arizona. We briefly discuss the control software architecture and describe a high dynamic range imaging system and panoramic display system used for the remote inspection of an EVA crew vehicle.
Acknowledgements Many people have contributed to making this first Vision Workbench open-source release a reality. and everyone else who helped us navigate the NASA open source release process. Thanks to Randy Sargent, Matt Deans, Liam Pedersen, and the rest of the Intelligent Robotics Group at Ames for lending their incredible expertise and being our… (More)
One of the challenges of visualization software design is providing real-time tools capable of concurrently displaying data that varies temporally and in scale from kilometers to micrometers, such as the data prevalent in planetary exploration and deep-sea marine research. The Viz software developed by NASA Ames and the additions of the X-Core extensions… (More)