Robotics chair collaborates with the European Space Agency (ESA) on lunar exploration08/01/2023
The Chair Computer Science XVII at the University of Würzburg is pleased to confirm its collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) on a research project concerning lunar exploration. The project, titled "Control of Spherical Robots for Lunar Cave Exploration Using Telescopic Linear Actuators for Locomotion," is a significant contribution to the field of space robotics.
We will be working on the development of a novel locomotion approach for spherical robots. These robots, equipped with telescopic linear actuators, are designed to navigate challenging terrains, such as those found on the lunar surface.
The project introduces a new control model, the Virtual Pose Instruction Plane (VPIP), and its advanced version, the Virtual Pose Instruction Map (VPIM). These models utilize real-time sensor measurements from cameras and laser scanners, enabling the robots to dynamically adapt to their surroundings.