Evaluation of the reconfiguration effects of planetary rovers on their lateral traversing of sandy slopes

Hiroaki Inotsume, Masataku Sutoh, Kenji Nagaoka, Keiji Nagatani, Kazuya Yoshida
2012 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation  
Rovers that are used to explore craters on the Moon or Mars require the mobility to negotiate sandy slopes, on which slippage can easily occur. Such slippage can be reduced by actively readjusting the attitude of the rovers. By changing attitude, rovers can modify the position of their center of gravity and the wheel-soil contact angle. In this study, we discuss the effects of attitude changes on downhill sideslip based on the slope failure mechanism and experiments on reconfiguring the rover
more » ... iguring the rover attitude and wheel angles. We conducted slope-traversing experiments using a wheeled rover under various roll angles and wheel angles. The experimental results show that the contact angle between wheels and slopes has a dominant influence on sideslip when compared with that of readjusting the rover's center of gravity.
doi:10.1109/icra.2012.6224887 dblp:conf/icra/InotsumeSNNY12 fatcat:rl66r6t7wzfu5mi5ds2dffudoa