Mars visual simulation for ExoMars navigation algorithm validation

M. McCrum, S. Parkes, I. Martin, M. Dunstan

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    Abstract

    The ExoMars rover will make heavy use of machine vision algorithms for autonomous navigation. To support the validation of these algorithms, a visual simulation capable of generating realistic simulated images of a Mars-like virtual environment has been developed. This is an enhancement of the University of Dundee’s PANGU planet surface simulation tool. The simulation is based on data from the planetary science literature and validated using images from the Mars Exploration Rovers. It includes models of rocks, surface reflectance, atmospheric dust, a rover vehicle and dynamically computed shadows. It provides a straightforward way for autonomy researchers to generate high-quality images for testing, and has potential to be used as a more general rover simulation visualisation tool.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationi-SAIRAS The International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space
    Pages283-290
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Eventi-SAIRAS 2010 - International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space - Sapporo Convention Center, Sapporo, Japan
    Duration: 29 Aug 20101 Sep 2010

    Conference

    Conferencei-SAIRAS 2010 - International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space
    CountryJapan
    CitySapporo
    Period29/08/101/09/10

    Keywords

    • mars
    • rover

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    McCrum, M., Parkes, S., Martin, I., & Dunstan, M. (2010). Mars visual simulation for ExoMars navigation algorithm validation. In i-SAIRAS The International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (pp. 283-290) http://robotics.estec.esa.int/i-SAIRAS/?q=node/6