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This paper presents a method using stochastic simulation to evaluate the reliability of robot teams consisting of modular robots. For an example planetary exploration mission we use this method to compare the performance of a repairable robot team with spare modules versus nonrepairable robot teams. Our results show that for this mission a repairable robot team can provide a higher probability of mission completion than a nonrepairable team, even when the nonrepairable robots are built using components with an order of magnitude greater reliability than the repairable robots.
Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (ISAIRAS 2005), .