Presented by: Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Inform. Daniel Ewert, Head of Research Group "Engineering Cybernetics," Assoc. Insitute for Management Cybernetics e.V., RWTH Aachen University
The Ice moon Enceladus of planet Saturn holds vast amounts of liquid water beneath its solid ice shell which possibly contain simple extraterrestrial life. For further examination an intended space mission by Germany's national space program aims to take probes from subsurface water using an autonomous ice probe. In order to navigate to a designated goal position, this probe must be able to localize itself within the ice. This localization is achieved by utilizing a distributed network of autonomous pinger units (APUs) which serve as external reference for the ice probe. The talk focusses on the technical details and communication and control mechanisms for this network.