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With ESA's Aurora programme, a new class of exploration missions is coming closer to realisation, increasingly involving the use of robotic technologies in payloads and infrastructure elements. Besides the technological challenges, operating this type of missions implies specific requirements.
Autonomous operation and decision making become critical features in order to cope with the needs of on-surface mobility, the target environment, constrained mission duration, and complex payload operations.
Taking ExoMars as an example, the presentation illustrates the specifics of upcoming robotic exploration missions on planetary surfaces. It also highlights the specific requirements on mission operations for this type of missions.