Detail View: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Collection: May 2000 Nevada Field Test

Title: 
May 2000 Nevada Field Test
Creator: 
NASA/JPL-Caltech
Description: 
The Field Integrated Design and Operations (FIDO) rover is being used in ongoing NASA field tests to simulate driving conditions on Mars. FIDO is at a geologically interesting site in central Nevada while it is controlled from the mission control room at JPL's Planetary Robotics Laboratory in Pasadena. FIDO is about the size of a St. Bernard. It weighs about 70 kilograms (154 pounds) and is approximately 85 centimeters (about 33 inches) wide, 105 centimeters (41 inches) long, and 55 centimeters (22 inches) high. The rover moves at an average speed of about 200 meters an hour (about one tenth a mile per hour) over smooth terrain, using its onboard stereo vision systems to detect and avoid obstacles "on- the-fly." During these tests, FIDO is powered by both solar panels that cover the top of the rover and by replaceable, rechargeable batteries. FIDO is about twice the size of Mars Pathfinder's Sojourner rover and is far more capable of performing its job without frequent human help.
Date: 
5/17/00
MediaType: 
Image
Year: 
2000
Contributor: 
JPL Archives
What: 
STEREO
What: 
Mars
Where: 
Nevada