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RESEARCH TASKS
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Research efforts at JPL are called tasks, and fall into four broad categories by sponsor: NASA science, NASA exploration, JPL internal, and non-NASA (typically DoD). Below is a list of most of our current efforts, linked to short descriptions of the work content and the name of the lead researcher.

NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) funded:
  1. Multimodal Locomotion Enabling Ocean Worlds Science Operations
  2. Ocean Worlds Lander Autonomy Testbed (OWLAT)

NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD):
  1. DSENDS for JSC COMPASS

NASA Space Exploration Technology Directorate (STMD):
  1. Dasher
  2. Integrated Communication and Controls for Swarms of Small Satellites

JPL Internal Research Programs funded:
  1. Advanced Navigation for future Mars Rotorcraft
  2. An Ultra-Light Weight Perching System for Sloped or Vertical Rough Surfaces on Mars
  3. Assessment of Terrain Trafficability Using the Mars 2020 Abrading Bit
  4. Autonomous Drone-Based Sampling of Volcanic Gas
  5. Enceladus Surface Sample Acquisition for In Situ Measurements
  6. Machine learning-based Analytics for Autonomous Rover Systems (MAARS)
  7. Mars On-site Shared Analytics, Information & Computing (MOSAIC)
  8. Mars Science Helicopter
  9. Unified Processing for Robotic Icy Terrain Exploration (UPRITE)

Non-NASA funded:
  1. DARPA Subterranean Challenge
  2. Fast Formation Control for Multiple Autonomous Seaborne Test Vehicles
  3. GNEIMO
  4. Mechanically Uncoupled Stereo EO (MUSE)
  5. Next Generation NATO Reference Mobility Model for Intelligent Vehicles
  6. Robotic Inspection of Tanks (RIOT)
  7. Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (RCTA)



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