The opportunity to perform low-latency teleoperation (LLT) of robotic Mars surface system could provide significant benefits not only for scientific exploration purposes, but also in the scouting and preparation of landing sites in advance of human surface missions. Although the Mars moons of Phobos and Deimos differ significantly from each other in respect to latitudes, duration, and frequency with which line-of-sight to Mars is achievable, both moons offer frequent and operationally useful period of time and latitudes within which low-latency teleoperations of Mars surface assets could be performed such as the selection of landing sites or use of communication relays. Low-latency teleoperations may also include collection and launch of Mars samples into Mars orbit for retrieval and return as part of a human mission to Mars’ moons.
Before testing begins, participants will be given a 10 minute familiarization (FAM) session. The aim of this session is to get the participant “warmed up” for the tasks to come plus give them some training along the way on the simulation itself. Each session will have a predefined set of parameters for the simulation run with a unique starting position and attitude. The five time latency states will be chosen and position the robotic arm in Zone 3 (1 meter away from the target) for the beginning of the test session. The participant will perform five different tasks to fully complete the test session at approximately five minutes each. If the participant hits the target within the task time allotted or earlier, the simulation will note this and prompt the participant to move on to the next test session. However, if the participant does not make the target in the allotted task time, the simulation will automatically stop the test session and prompt the participant to move on to the next test session. After a subject completes a session, the investigator will record his objective results in Snap Shooter before proceeding to the next session.
This experiment is in progress. Results will be available at a later date.