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Jonathan Amos

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Science Correspondent — BBC

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I hope so. Perhaps the Sandhurst agreement between France and the UK to work together on autonomous navigation can give impetus to including the capability at the earliest opportunity. 5/5
I raised the issue yesterday of getting autonomous navigation put back into the spec (Airbus UK want it) with @ESA director David Parker, who said it could be an upgrade added at a later date. 4/5
So it was disappointing in recent changes to see not only autonomous navigation removed from the ExoMars spec, but also "wheel walking" - a neat trick to get out of sand traps (Remember Spirit, RIP). 3/5
Autonomous navigation is really a critical capability because it reduces the time taken for the rover to reach its science targets, i.e. take away this capability and you waste time tip-toeing from waypoint to waypoint. 2/5
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