RAL Space’s Autonomous Systems Group manages a small outdoor rover testing area. This is an open air space that, while not a close analogue for space applications like other Mars Yards, does allow for small-scale field testing and realistic shakedown tests for any ground robotic platform.
The test area is approximately 30m x 12m in size. The area is made up of coarse red sand/stone with a number of artificial rocks and boulders scattered throughout for visual navigation testing and obstacle avoidance. The area includes a mound for incline testing and real boulders and rocks for mobility testing. This area has been used by projects such as SEEKER and SAFER and is used for outreach activities such as the UKSEDS Lunar Rover Competition (picture attached).
|The RAL Space Mars Yard|