A document describes a system for the automated generation of reports of operations of a robotic exploratory vehicle (rover) on Mars. The automated report-generation system supplants a predominantly manual system, thereby making more information available in less time and reducing the probability of data-entry errors. The automated report-generation system has been incorporated into the Web Interface for Telescience, WITS, and utilizes information in the WITS database. (Described in several prior NASA Tech Briefs articles, the WITS is an Internet-based software system that enables geographically dispersed scientists and engineers to monitor and command a rover.)
This work was done by Paul Backes and Jeffrey Norris of Caltech for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. To obtain a copy of the document, "Automated Rover Sequence Report Generation," access the Technical Support Package (TSP) free on-line at www.nasatech.com/tsp under the Information Sciences category.
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