CoRob-X Concept

The overall objective of CoRob-X is to design, implement, and demonstrate an Advanced Robotic Exploration System (ADRES) that shows how, based on the current SoA in Space- and terrestrial robotics technologies and with a special focus on the technologies resulting from the operationa grants funded through the H2020 Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) Space Robotics Technologies, a team of autonomous and cooperating robots can access very hard-to-reach areas on planetary surfaces and achieve a science return that is so far impossible for a single robot.

CoRob-X will improve the existing SRC technology in areas such as locomotion, perception and localization, guidance, and decision making and demonstrate the capabilities of the robot team in an analogue scenario in the Canary Islands aimed at the exploration of lava tubes, which is one of the most important objectives for Moon exploration.

In summary, CoRob-X will demonstrate that an ADRES (Advanced Robotic Explorer System) formed by several robots, or Robotic Explorer Units (REUs), is able to perform tasks that go well beyond the capabilities of each individual robot. As requested in the PERASPERA PSA Guidance Document, we have performed a first iteration of the Conceptual Study that led us to select a set of specific scenarios and platforms, for both Space and terrestrial:

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The Remote Monitoring Station (RMS) is used to simulate the command and control station during the robotic mission. The Environment Simulation Tool (EST) is used both in WP4, WP5, and WP6 to test and validate software in simulation, and during the missions to evaluate the mission progress.While the 3 REUs foreseen for the Lunar Analogue are scientific prototypes of planetary exploration rovers, the Terrestrial Demo uses a modified COTS rover and an off-the-shelf drone. However, albeit the different hardware used, the underlying CRE-X software module is the same for both demonstrators.
The same is true for the Remote Monitoring Station (RMS) and the Environment Simulation Tool (EST). The RMS is used to simulate the command and control station during the robotic mission. The EST is used both in WP4, WP5, and WP6 to test and validate software in simulation, and during the missions to evaluate the mission progress.

The overall CoRob-X concept was developed in a first iteration of WP10 and WP1 to WP3.

The concept foresees the implementation of an Advanced Robotic Explorer System (ADRES) that consists of multiple cooperative Robotic Exploration Units (REUs) and the CRE-Xmodule which bundles software needed for Cooperative Robotics for Exploration of Extreme Environments. The validity of the CoRob-X concept is demonstrated in a Lunar Analogue Mission as well as in a Terrestrial Demonstrator.
While the 3 REUs foreseen for the Lunar Analogue are scientific prototypes of planetary exploration rovers, the Terrestrial Demo uses a modified COTS rover and an off-the-shelf drone. However, albeit the different hardware used, the underlying CRE-X software module is the same for both demonstrators.