Science Data Visualization and Activity Planning for the Mars Exploration Rover Mission
Speaker: Marty Vona , Jet Propulsion Laboratory - NASA
Date: October 21 2003
Location: NE43 8th floor playroom
The Mars Exploration Rover mission (MER), which launched this past June, is scheduled to land two rovers on the surface of Mars in early 2004.
For the past two years, I worked on a team at the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) to develop a software system called the Science Activity Planner (SAP). The MER mission scientists will use SAP to analyze the 2D and 3D data from the rovers' instruments and to develop science activity plans on a daily basis during mission operations.
In the first part of this talk I will give a brief overview of the MER mission and show a mission simulation animation. I will then describe the SAP software system and provide some details of representative software design challenges that we faced, with illustrations drawn from recent mission-like rover field tests. If time allows I will conclude with a live demo of SAP.
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