ROBOT SPACE EXPLORERS
in THE TEidE nATiOnAL
EL TEidE nATiOnAL
The Teide National Park in Tenerife is
being used as a proving ground for space
robots which could provide feedback
during future exploratory missions to
Mars, Mercury or the Moon like to find
A MARTiAn LAndSCAPE
"El Teide" National Par k has a good
weather, its flat landscape with fine
textur es of volcanic sand, pebbles
and occasional rocky outcrops are
similar to those encounter ed on the
surface of Mar s.
EL TEidE nATiOnAL PARk
Most r obotic
perfor ming in situ explor ation of the
planetar y object outside the Ear th
involve a means of mobility provided by
either a surface vehicle (rover) or by
aerial vehicles (e.g. balloons).
THE SPAniSH ROBOT
Was made up by a
g r oup of students fr om
Univer sity of Madrid.
T he robot consists of
aluminum and carbon
fiber w heels is still
under constr uction.
It was designed and built at the University
of Bremen, Germany
It was the winner of the ESA Lunar
Robotics Challenge in 2008 go to this
The PRoVisG team will be taking various
imaging (camera) systems, to not only test
their performance but also to gather image
data on which to exercise the software
they are writing to confirm how well it
The Rover will also be carrying high tech
drilling equipment and distance measuring
equipment that are being developed for
future interplanetary robotic missions.
T he Bridget Rover is tested in T he Teide
National Par k on
T hur sday 12 December
T he PRoVisG Rover system allows us to
envir onment and gather data that is r eally
useful for science.
It was taken to the Canaries by the
Aber ystwyth Univer sity’s Depar tment
of Computer Science (UK) in13th and
17th September 2012.
ProViScout is a collabor ative EU project funded
under the 7th Fr amewor k Prog r amme, w hich brings
together major European g roups to wor k on
planetar y and space exploration with no human
ProViScout (Planetary Robotics Vision Scout) , funded by
Fr amewor k Prog r amme , on the subject of space
the robot IdrIs
T he robot Idris created by
Prifysgol Aber ystwyth
Univer sity weighs 300 kilos and is capable of lifting
Among its qualities, it also highlights their ability to
select visual infor mation and send the data to the
It captures an area of 30x30 meter s map and move
independently. T he novelty is that it detects the
impor tant rocks, those that have scientific interest.
The rover locates the target, goes to him and through
camera stores information and sends it
scientists have placed 2.20 meters tall robot, acting
as eyes and added horizontal movement and elevation.
Although it is capable of storing the information and
send it from Mars to Earth, between a planet and a
there is a delay in the submission of 20 minutes, so
that the rover moves centimeters per second
in the Teide-test this model will
not be the same as do the
mission to Mars incorporates
laser and rubber wheels.