Hominid robots for Mars, called as Charlie.
Credit: VaMEx-VTB/University of Bremen


VaMEx-VTB is a Virtual Test Bed for Swarm-based Exploration of the Valles Marineris on the Planet Mars. The effort is developing concepts, algorithms, and hardware for a swarm-based exploration of Valles Marineris.

Valles Marineris – the largest canyon in the Solar System cuts a wide swath across the face of Mars.
Credit: NASA

Multiple Swarm Units.
Credit: VaMEx-VTB/University of Bremen



The swarm comprises different elements such as rovers, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) and hominid robots (called as Charlie). The idea is to have an autonomous swarm navigation and exploration system which communicate with each other.

VaMEx-VTB is a joint venture of the University of Bremen and several other German universities financed by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR – Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt).

Credit: VaMEx-VTB/University of Bremen













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