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Planetary Rovers

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Introduction.- Planetary Environments.- The Design of Planetary Rover Missions.- Scientific Payload, Deployment.- Robotic Rover Design.- Rover Locomotion.- Autonomous Navigation.- Rover Avionics.- Mission Communications Architecture.- Power Generation, Thermal Control.- A Case Study: The ExoMars Mission.- Conclusions, The Future.

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Professor Alex Ellery is a Canada Research Chair in Space Robotics & Space Technology in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics, MSc in Astronomy and PhD in Astronautics & Space Engineering. He is also an alumnus of the International Space University. He is a Chartered Engineer and holds Fellowships at the Institution of Engineering & Technology, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was formerly at the Surrey Space Centre at the University of Surrey where he was awarded the George Stephenson medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (2005). He was formerly Chair of the Astrobiology Society of Britain (2005/2006).


"It aims to be a complete overview of the design, implementation and control of planetary rovers, ranging widely from details of past rovers, through overviews of algorithm research into the process of bidding and managing projects for the European Space Agency (ESA). ... it targets a wide audience from final year undergraduates to industry engineers involved with rover development - anyone involved in rover design. ... I would recommend this book to anyone working or interested in the field ... ." (Dr. Iain Wallace, The Aeronautical Journal, January, 2017)

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