Self-steering rover for alien worlds

Time-lapse image of Seeker in motion

Six intense months of work culminated in a self-steering rover charting its own course through Chile’s Mars-like Atacama Desert. Innovative R&D projects can be run in innovative ways: ESA’s long-running StarTiger initiative gathers together a highly able team and sets them a challenge, in this case to develop methods for a long-range rover to navigate its way across many kilometres of an alien planet’s surface. Codenamed ‘Seeker’, the project was led and hosted for ESA by the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Last update: 14 November 2012

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