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Resource Prospector Navigation Team to Complete Rover Stereo Vision Testing
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Resource Prospector Navigation Team to Complete Rover Stereo Vision Testing

The Resource Prospector (RP) Navigation Team, in the Intelligent Robotics Group, will be completing testing of the Rover’s stereo vision software performance in early August. The team has been studying the software’s effectiveness with different terrain conditions, rock sizes, and lighting conditions, evaluating 3D range accuracy, as well as effectiveness at identifying hazardous rocks in the scene. We have also released the images and 3D LIght Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) scan ground truth as a public dataset (the Polar Optical Lunar Analog Reconstruction (POLAR) dataset) for others to use.

BACKGROUND: Resource Prospector aims to be the first mining expedition on another world. Using a suite of instruments to locate elements from a lunar southern polar region, the planned rover is designed to prospect for and excavate volatiles such as hydrogen, oxygen, and water from the Moon. Building on the findings of the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) missions that proved the existence of water on the Moon, Resource Prospector plans to take the next step to access those resources.

The Polar Optical Lunar Analog Reconstruction (POLAR) dataset seeks to recreate the imaging conditions on the poles of the Moon for stereo vision evaluation.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD); and the Game Changing Development (GCD) program, Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). Generous facilities and operational support are provided by the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI).

TEAM: Matt Deans, Laurence Edwards, Michael Furlong, Ara Nefian, and Uland Wong


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