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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Mars Rovers on their Own

NASA is trying out some new software on the Mars rover Opportunity. It will allow the little robot to explore autonomously, with little to no human intervention.

The new software, called D*, allows the rover to plan its out routes up to 50 meters long. Previously it planned 3 or 4 meter routes around obstacles.

NASA has allowed the continued operation of the Mars rover on he condition that the engineers try out advanced software, like D*.

1 comment:

Darnell Clayton said...

That should prove to be very interesting.

I wonder if they can also program these rovers to locate useful items, such as minerals, ice water or even potential landing zones to study as it treks along the Martian desert?