The K10 Rover power management module manages up to eight smart Li-ion battery packs for up to 760 Whrs or battery power. Total automatic operation with system level status data such as Time-to-empty, Time-to-full, current, voltage, etc. (Source: Ocean Seas)
The K 10 series seem robust enough for most exploration expeditions and if they can actually implement an inductive charging solution the robot will be able to explore vast regions of planetary surfaces far longer than any solar-powered rover.
Excellent post Steve. Good information. I was unaware of this program and the status of efforts NASA is undertaking with robotic systems. One of the things I find really interesting is the seemingly small "footprint" or wheel base these systems have. I would have expected a much wider "stance" to preclude tipping. You did mention the systems would steer away from terrain to steep or rocky so as to maintain the upright condition but I wonder if this is always possible. Again, excellent post.
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