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OceanWATERS Testbed Technical Interchange Meeting Held September 27th, 2021
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OceanWATERS Testbed Technical Interchange Meeting Held September 27th, 2021

The Planetary Exploration Science Technology Office (PESTO) hosted an Ocean Worlds Autonomy Testbed for Exploration Research and Simulation (OceanWATERS) Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) on Monday, September 27th, 2021, to review progress and introduce new awardees under the Concepts for Ocean worlds Life Detection Technology (COLDTech) Program. Carolyn Mercer of PESTO convened the meeting, Michael Dalal (ARC-TI) presented the OceanWATERS virtual testbed, and Issa Nesnas and Hari Nayar (NASA-JPL) described the Ocean Worlds Lander Autonomy (physical) Testbed (OWLAT) being built at the Jet Propulsion Labortory (JPL). Jonathan Bohren (Honeybee Robotics) and Pooyan Jamshidi (University of South Carolina) presented technical status on their Autonomous Robotics Research for Ocean Worlds (ARROW) Program Solicitation plans and status (awarded last year). Joel Burdick (Caltech), Eric Dixon (Lockheed Martin), Jay McMahon (University of Colorado), and Melkior Ornik (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) presented their COLDTech Program projects (awarded this year). And Glenn Reeves (Europa Lander Autonomy) described current Europa Lander Mission challenges and needs.

BACKGROUND: The Planetary Exploration Science Technology Office (PESTO) initiated the development of the OceanWATERS virtual testbed and the OWLAT physical testbed, in July of 2018, in order to evaluate autonomy technology for future planetary exploration missions to icy worlds, such as the Jovian moon Europa and the Saturnian moon Enceladus. NASA Ames has developed the OceanWATERS Virtual Testbed, which is a simulation environment for research and development of onboard autonomy software for scientific lander missions to the "ocean worlds" of our solar system. The proposed Europa Lander mission was chosen as a reference design to inform the development of the simulator.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Planetary Exploration Science Technology Office (PESTO), Science Mission Directorate (SMD)

TEAM: Anjan Chakrabarty, Michael Dalal, Laurence Edwards, Chetan Kulkarni, Lanssie Ma, Ussama Naal, Thomas Stucky, and Terry Welsh

POINT OF CONTACT: Michael Dalal, michael.dalal@nasa.gov

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