Vulcan Centaur: towards end-to-end real-time perception in lunar rovers

J. de Curtó, R. Duvall

We introduce a new real-time pipeline for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) and Visual Inertial Odometry (VIO) in the context of planetary rovers. We leverage prior information of the location of the lander to propose an object-level SLAM approach that optimizes pose and shape of the lander together with camera trajectories of the rover. As a further refinement step, we propose to use techniques of interpolation between adjacent temporal samples; videlicet synthesizing non-existing images to improve the overall accuracy of the system. The experiments are conducted in the context of the Iris Lunar Rover, a nano-rover that will be deployed in lunar terrain in 2021 as the flagship of Carnegie Mellon, being the first unmanned rover of America to be on the Moon.

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