The WSDE has participated in a series of Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) Bluesky workshops over the past two years devoted to developing operations concepts and designs for a small pressurized lunar electric rover (LER). The goal of this meeting was to “visualize innovative LER displays and controls that handle information and activities in a connected manner.” Three brainstorming sessions focused on presenting the status of consumables, improving situation awareness, and controlling the LER. In addition to graphic displays and joystick controllers, two “intelligent systems” technologies were emphasized: voice commanding and dynamic replanning of resources against changing timelines.
The LER was featured as the last “float” in the January 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade.
For more information about the LER, including photographs, see: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/home/LER.html