WVU space robot research help Mars rover

West Virginia University researchers have developed a method for extraplanetary rovers to navigate treacherous terrain using nonvisual information.

Cagri Kilic, a Statler College of Engineering postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is a space roboticist.

NASA's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research is funding this project.

Both darkness and extreme brightness can make it difficult for rovers to rely on visual data for navigation.

Many of these terrain features can be found at the Point Marion burnt-coal ash piles.

We discovered the area while conducting tests for the Mars Society's University Rover Challenge.

I was curious about the chemical composition of the area because it reminded me of Mars."??

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