Rover Graphical Simulator (RGS) is a package of software that generates images of the motion of a wheeled robotic exploratory vehicle (rover) across terrain that includes obstacles and regions of varying traversability. The simulated rover moves autonomously, utilizing reasoning and decision-making capabilities of a fuzzy-logic navigation strategy to choose its path from an initial to a final state. RGS provides a graphical user interface for control and monitoring of simulations.

The numerically simulated motion is represented as discrete steps with a constant time interval between updates. At each simulation step, a dot is placed at the old rover position and a graphical symbol representing the rover is redrawn at the new, updated position. The effect is to leave a trail of dots depicting the path traversed by the rover, the distances between dots being proportional to the local speed. Obstacles and regions of low traversability are depicted as filled circles, with buffer zones around them indicated by enclosing circles. The simulated robot is equipped with onboard sensors that can detect regional terrain traversability and local obstacles out to specified ranges. RGS won the NASA Group Achievement Award in 2002.

This program was written by Bruce Bon and Homayoun Seraji of Caltech for

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. For more information, download the Technical Support Package (free white paper) at www.techbriefs.com/tsp under the Software category.

This software is available for commercial licensing. Please contact Karina Edmonds of the California Institute of Technology at (626) 395-2322. Refer to NPO-35223.