Martian rovers represent the best of in-situ robotic exploration that we have, but planning and executing their operations is not a trivial task. We caught up with Eric Pilles of the University of Western Ontario, the planning lead for the Canadian Space Agency's CanMars analogue mission, to find out just how it all works.
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NASA currently operates two rovers on the surface of Mars, but in the next five years that population could more than double as JPL prepares its third rover, and space agencies in Europe and China look to create their own footholds. That's why creating a pipeline of talent that can plan, target, drive and otherwise operate these rovers is so important. Enter CanMars - an anlogue mission run by the Canadian Space Agency using real rovers here on Earth. I caught up with Eric Pilles, the planning lead for CanMars 2016, to find out how he and his team of scientists from universities across Canada are learning the ins and outs of rover ops, and how the science drives their goals.
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