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Martian Robot Will Explore the Red Planet With Mind of Its Own

A four-wheeled rover called 'Sherpa'.

A new rover will use artificial intelligence to work out where to go and how to get there during an exploration of Mars.

Credit: U.K. Space Agency

Researchers in the U.K. at King's College London and aerospace company Airbus have completed testing on an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled rover that will make its own decisions about where it explores on Mars.

The rover's software also will make power-conserving decisions on its own, as well as decisions to probe things it deems interesting that human operators might overlook.

During a month-long test in the Sahara Desert, the rover traveled more than 1.4 kilometers without human interaction. Current remote-controlled Martian rovers can only travel a few dozen meters a day, because of the lag time between the transmission of commands from Earth and their reception.

Said the U.K. Space Agency's Catherine Mealing-Jones, "New autonomous robot technology like this will help to further unlock Mars' mysteries."

From The Telegraph (U.K.)
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