The VIPER Atacama Mission
Carlos Ernesto Guestrin
The VIPER system was selected as a technology to be demonstrated in the Atacama Desert Trek.
During June and July of 1997, the Nomad robot from Carnegie Mellon University is demonstrating autonomous and teleoperated capabilities by traversing the Atacama desert in Chile. Several technologies that are space-relevant are associated with this mission, even though they are not directly related or funded by the Nomad mission. The VIPER system represents one of these technologies, position estimation from outdoor images.
Carlos Guestrin is in Chile from July 7 to 15 to demonstrate the system. He is acquiring calibrated images and processing them through the VIPER interface. Results and comments about the trip are sent by Carlos and posted at this page.
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This work has been conducted at the Robotics Institute at the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University. It has been partially funded by NASA; Fabio Cozman has a scholarship from CNPq (Brazil). We thank these four organizations for all their support.