Strategy optimization for energy efficient extraterrestrial drilling using combined power map

Siyi Pan, Genya Ishigami

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Extraterrestrial drilling is an important sampling method for understanding the formation of another celestial body and finding traces of life beyond earth. Currently, such tasks mainly rely on remotely controlled space robots. Because of limited energy available for space robots, it is highly demanded to improve the energy efficiency in the extraterrestrial drilling tasks. In this paper, we propose an algorithm called combined power map (CPM) method that can optimize extraterrestrial drilling strategies in order to improve energy efficiency. The algorithm comprehensively considers the effect of sampling positions, robot positions, and robotic arm configurations on drilling energy consumption and has the ability to manage the energy efficiency gain and corresponding risks. Simulations show that the CPM method can significantly reduce the drilling energy consumption and effectively limit accompanying risks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7935510
Pages (from-to)1980-1987
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct


  • Extraterrestrial drilling
  • energy efficiency
  • mobile manipulation
  • space robotics and automation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Optimization
  • Artificial Intelligence


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