Graz University, in partnership with the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) and international research organisations including Oman Astronomical Society, conducted a four-week Mars simulation mission in the Arabian desert in Oman. The study was about the execution of a typical day on Mars, and simulated autonomous, 3D spatial exploration. Tasks performed in the study included 3D mapping, mineralogy, evaluation of biological habitats, and preparation of food. Oman was chosen due to its geographical similarity to Mars.
The Husky UGV was used for 3D mapping of the Oman terrain and transportation in the simulated mission, with the help of a 260 degree scanner laser. Once the Husky mapped environments, it was able to identify potential hazards, move around and collect data for the astronauts.
See the Husky based rover in action below.
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