Operating Nomad during the Atacama Desert Trek

Nomad is a mobile robot designed for extended planetary exploration. In June and July of 1997, Nomad performed the first such mission, traversing more than 220 kilometers in the Atacama Desert of Chile and exploring a landscape analogous to that of the Moon and Mars.

Nomad's journey, the Atacama Desert Trek, was an unprecedented demonstration of long-distance, long-duration robotic operation. Guided by operators thousands of kilometers away but telepresent via immersive imagery and interfaces, Nomad operated continuously for 45 days. Science field experiments evaluated exploration strategies and analysis techniques for future terrestrial and planetary missions.

Nomad uses RTI DDS for its communication between the Atacama desert in Chile and NASA Ames in California.

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