Drones on Mars: Skypersonic’s Checks on Mt. Etna


drones on MarsSkypersonic Validates Drone Know-how on Mt. Etna for Future Use on Mars

by DRONELIFE Workers Author Ian M Crosby

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Drone inspection chief Skypersonic efficiently examined its software program and {hardware} on Mt. Etna, an lively volcano in Sicily the place the terrain is akin to the geology of Mars.

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In 2021, Skypersonic signed a five-year contract with NASA for the provision of drone and rover software program, {hardware} and assist for NASA’s forthcoming simulated Mars mission.

Skypersonic’s “Skycopter” drone, able to being piloted remotely in practically any location, was flown by the Skypersonic crew on Mt. Etna as a part of a check that lasted 15 days. Using Skypersonic’s Lengthy Vary Actual-Time Distant Piloting System, the drone and rover on Mt. Etna have been piloted in actual time by operators based mostly in Houston, Texas. Whereas most drones require a GPS connection, the expertise employed by Skycopter can management and observe drones in places with out GPS availability.

“This was a grueling check that we handed with flying colours. We look ahead to the last word check – on Earth, a minimum of – when our expertise might be used throughout NASA’s upcoming yearlong simulated Mars mission,” stated Giuseppe Santangelo, CEO of Skypersonic. “We’re assured of additionally passing this check. Through the simulated Mars mission, 4 crew members dwelling and dealing in a 1,700-square-foot module on Earth, known as Mars Dune Alpha, will perform a collection of missions – together with remotely guided exploration and assortment of specimens from rugged terrain elsewhere on Earth, as much as 1000’s of miles away.”

The check’s outcomes, which concerned the rover gathering samples as could be needed when exploring Mars, have been showcased to the Italian media at a press convention this previous July. The convention was held on Mt. Etna close to the Catania Astrophysical Observatory, with each Santangelo and Etna Park’s govt volcanologist Dr. Salvatore Caffo in attendance for the demonstration. This demonstration was a joint effort from Skypersonic, the College of Turin and Etna Park.

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Ian attended Dominican College of California, the place he acquired a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong ardour for writing and storytelling and a eager curiosity in expertise, he’s now contributing to DroneLife as a employees author.



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