PRoViScout stands for “Planetary Robotics Vision Scout”
It is a Collaborative Project in the frame of FP7 Space.
Starting date: Apr 1st, 2010
Project duration: 30 Months
Official Link: http://www.proviscout.eu
ProViScout will demonstrate the combination of vision-based autonomous sample identification & sample selection with terrain hazard analysis for a long range scouting/exploration mission on a terrestrial planet. It brings together major European groups currently working on planetary robotic vision, supported by NASA-JPL from USA.
Most robotic planetary space missions performing in situ exploration of the surface and atmosphere for any planetary object outside the Earth involve a means of mobility provided by either a surface vehicle ( rover ) or by aerial vehicles (balloons, aerobots etc.). Mobile systems are among the most critical of all space missions in requiring a rapid and robust on-site processing and preparation of scientific data to allow efficient operations for a maximum use of their limited lifetime. In future the number and variety of such platforms will require more autonomy than is feasible today, particularly in the autonomous on-site selection of and access to scientific and mission-strategic targets. ProViScout will provide the robotic vision building blocks on board of such future autonomous exploration systems.
Therefore ProViScout aims to
- build a framework for planetary robotic on-board vision processing,
- develop the technology to autonomously select scientific sites of interest during future planetary robotic missions in order to maximize the mission value for scientific research, technology and education
- develop a unified and generic approach for robotic vision on-board processing, namely the combination of navigation and scientific target selection
- demonstrate the synergies and complementarities of existing solutions, and complete missing components by defining and demonstrating on-board robotic vision for a set of typical reference mission scenarios,
- integrate all components into a framework ready for field demonstration
- increase public awareness of planetary robotic exploration.
PRoViScout Participating Institutions
- JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Graz, A, DIGITAL – Institute for Digital Technologies, Remote sensing and Geoinformation Research Group
- Aberystwyth University, UK, Department of Computer Science
- DLR, Berlin, D, Institute of Planetary Research
- Czech Technical University, Prague, CZ, Center for Machine Perception
- SCISYS UK Ltd., Bristol, UK
- University College London, UK, MSSL Imaging Group
- CSEM, Neuchatel, CH
- University of Leicester, UK, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
- GMV, ES
- University of Strathclyde, UK
- TraSys, BE
- King’s College London, UK