BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

    Dispelling the myth of robotic efficiency

    Crawford, Ian (2012) Dispelling the myth of robotic efficiency. Astronomy and Geophysics 53 (2), 2.22-2.26. ISSN 1366-8781.

    Full text not available from this repository.

    Abstract

    There is a widely held view in the astronomical community that unmanned robotic space vehicles are, and always will be, more efficient explorers of planetary surfaces than astronauts (e.g. Coates 2001, Clements 2009, Rees 2011). Partly this comes from a common assumption that robotic exploration is cheaper than human exploration (although this isn't necessarily true if like is compared with like) and partly from the expectation that developments in technology will relentlessly increase the capability and reduce the size and cost of robotic missions to the point that human exploration will not be able to compete. I argue below that the experience of human exploration during the Apollo missions, more recent field analogue studies and trends in robotic space exploration all point to exactly the opposite conclusion.

    Metadata

    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 13:09
    Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 09:58
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/11151

    Statistics

    Downloads
    Activity Overview
    0Downloads
    109Hits

    Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.

    Archive Staff Only (login required)

    Edit/View Item Edit/View Item