This paper describes an end-to-end control system for autonomous navigation of a small vehicle at a remote place, e.g. in space for planetary exploration. Due to a realistic background of this study the proposed method has to deal with limited knowledge about the environment as well as limited system resources and operational boundary conditions, especially a very large time delay in the communication between the ground control station and the space segment. To overcome these constraints the remote system has to act in a very autonomous way. Ground support minimizes the computational load of the remote system. High-level information interchange reduces the communication bandwidth requirements.