Update on the qualification of the hakuto micro-rover for the google lunar X-prize

John Walker, Nathan Britton, Kazuya Yoshida, Toshiro Shimizu, Louis Jerome Burtz, Alperen Pala

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Abstract

Hakuto is developing a dual rover system for the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) and exploration of a potential lava tube skylight. We designed, built and tested two rovers and a lander interface in order to prove flight-readiness. The rover architecture was iterated over several prototype phases as an academic project, and then updated for flight-readiness using space-ready Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) parts and a program for qualifying terrestrial COTS parts as well as the overall system. We have successfully tested a robust rover architecture including controllers with performance orders of magnitude higher than currently available space-ready controllers. The test regime included component level radiation testing to 15.3 kilo-rads, integrated thermal vacuum testing to simulate the environments during the cruise phase and surface mission phases, integrated vibration testing to 10 Grms , and field testing. The overall development methodology of moving from a flexible architecture composed of inexpensive parts towards a single purpose architecture composed of qualified partswas successful and all components passed testing, with onlyminor changes required to flight model rovers required ahead of amid 2016 launch date.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationField and Service Robotics - Results of the 10th International Conference
EditorsDavid S. Wettergreen, Timothy D. Barfoot
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages313-330
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783319277004
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event10th International Conference on Field and Service Robotics, FSR 2015 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 2015 Jun 232015 Jun 26

Publication series

NameSpringer Tracts in Advanced Robotics
Volume113
ISSN (Print)1610-7438
ISSN (Electronic)1610-742X

Other

Other10th International Conference on Field and Service Robotics, FSR 2015
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period15/6/2315/6/26

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence

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