Dickmanns and Fuerst 1998 : Dynamic machine vision under development will allow unprecedented flexibility in automation of mission performance, maybe even approaching human capabilities in the long run. Contrary to conventional measurements, vision provides information not just on a single object, but on all objects in the field of view. Saccadic vision with a foveal / peripheral layout of the complex vehicle eye combines a large field of view with a central area of high spatial resolution; this area may be shifted almost momentarily at will to points of special interest. The information processing architecture and the advantages of a system design corresponding to these guidelines are discussed. First results of a mission based on near Earth landmark navigation are given.