Robotic lander MINERVA, its mobility and surface exploration

Tetsuo Yoshimitsu, Takashi Kubota, Ichiro Nakatani, Jun'ichiro Kawaguchi

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The authors have developed a small robotic lander named "MINERVA" (MIcro/Nano Experimental Robot Vehicle for Asteroid) and proposed it as an optional payload of ISAS's MUSES-C spacecraft which will conduct the sample return mission from newly discovered new-Earth asteroid 1998SF36. This paper describes the mobility system of the developed robot as well as the surface exploration strategy how to explore and navigate along the asteroid surface. Also the scientific observation functions onboard the robot are detailed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-501
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in the Astronautical Sciences
Volume108 I
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting - Santa Barbara, CA, United States
Duration: 2001 Feb 112001 Feb 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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