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Strategic analysis for the MER Cape Verde approach

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DOI: 10.1109/AERO.2009.4839698

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Abstract

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has recently completed a two year campaign studying Victoria Crater. The campaign culminated in a close approach of Cape Verde in order to acquire high resolution imagery of the exposed stratigraphy in the cliff face. The close approach to Cape Verde provided significant challenges for every subsystem of the rover as the rover needed to traverse difficult, uncharacterised terrain and approach a cliff face with the potential of blocking out solar energy and communications with Earth. In this paper we describe the strategic analyses performed by the science and engineering teams so that we could successfully achieve the science objectives while keeping the rover safe. ??2009 IEEE.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
Strategic analysis for the MER Cape Verde approach
ISBN:
9781424426225
DOI:
10.1109/AERO.2009.4839698
Year Published:
2009
Language:
English
Larger Work Title:
IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
Conference Title:
2009 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Conference Location:
Big Sky, MT
Conference Date:
7 March 2009 through 14 March 2009