Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University
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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It's been a year since WeMartians became a thing. Back then, I was eager to get started and wanted to quickly get a website, a logo and some branding up so I could start making podcasts. At the time I was pretty happy with what I could throw together but looking back, the colours and logos of the past have fallen a little flat.
The website needed work, too. What I thought the website was going to do turned out different once I began. It turns out, running an interactive Mars resource (my initial plans) takes a lot of time, and I had to decide whether to spend time updating it with relevant content or focusing on the podcast. I chose the latter. So the website sat kind of stagnant. The old provider had a weird bug that I couldn't solve either, and the load times were...less than could be desired.
Over the year I started realizing that I needed a refresh and began working on some ideas. As we head into 2017, this is what I've come up with.
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