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Mobile autonomous demonstration plant for planetary exploration in space

Draw up detailed definition of subsystems needed to produce
ground demonstration vehicles fully representative of robot
functionalities/autonomy required for planetary exploration.
testing on natural sites e.G. Russia/spain/france.

The overall objective of the federative EUREKA project IARES is to develop the techniques and technologies that will allow the exploration and subsequent operation of planetary sites (Mars, the Moon) and hence develop the following aspects relating to mobile robotics: - travel over natural terrain about which little or nothing is known, - equipment required to autonomously determine the robot's position, - equipment required for autonomous on-board perception of the robot's environment, - aspects relating to on-board decision-making and the planning of operations associated with the operating station, - handling and gripping tools. The studies initiated as part of the project's technical objectives must consolidate the French "building blocks" developed by RISP and CNES's GRM as part of the conceptual robotic studies for the VAP while also seeking to federate and transfer to the field of space, the expertise and other achievements generated by national or European programmes in mobile robotics in which both industry and research participate. The cooperative scheme of the project will be sufficiently broad to allow for later task development - in accordance with partners' requirements - in order to fulfil an application programme. The international partners whose participation is set up, are as follows: FRANCE: SPAIN: ALCATEL ESPACE IAI CYBERNETIX IKERLAN ITNI INTA MATRA MARCONI SPACE FRANCE RISP SAGORA RUSSIA: HUNGARY: VNII TRANSMASK KFKI The project is aimed at developing one mobile demonstration robot for planetary exploration in space. The project will extend over a period of 43 months, with the end of the second year being the target date for the first manoeuvres of the demonstration vehicle developed. The development process of IARES can be broken down into five technical steps: 1. 6 months to define system performance requirements and specifications, 2. 16 months for the detailed design and engineering models, 3. 6 months to manufacture the requisite sub-systems, 4. 6 months for integration, sub-system tests and delivery of the demonstration vehicle, 5. 9 months for testing the demonstration vehicle in Toulouse. So this cooperative EUREKA project consists of two phases: A Architectural design and detailed design that is made up of the technical steps 1 and 2 put together, B Subsystems production - integration and tests that comprise technical steps 3, 4 and 5 put together.
Acronym: 
IARES
Project ID: 
969
Start date: 
01-04-1993
Project Duration: 
81months
Project costs: 
19 400 000.00€
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