Street to Utilizing Drones and Rovers on Mars Begins on Lively Volcano in Italy – sUAS Information

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Skypersonic – a division of Pink Cat Holdings – has been employed by NASA to supply expertise for simulated Mars mission  

 Skypersonic, which in 2021 signed a five-year contract with NASA to supply drone and rover software program, {hardware} and assist to NASA’s simulated Mars mission, has validated its software program and {hardware} on Mt. Etna, an lively volcano in Sicily the place the panorama is just like Martian geology. 

Skypersonic’s “Skycopter” drone might be piloted nearly anyplace, from nearly anyplace, because the Skypersonic group demonstrated on Mt. Etna throughout a 15-day check. Utilizing Skypersonic’s ground-breaking Lengthy Vary Actual-Time Distant Piloting System, the drone and rover on the lively volcano in Italy had been managed by personnel in Houston, Texas, in actual time. Whereas most drones can’t be piloted with out connecting to the GPS community, Skycopter makes use of expertise that is ready to management and observe the drone in places – similar to Mars – the place GPS is just not accessible. 

“This was a grueling check that we handed with flying colours,” stated Skypersonic CEO Giuseppe Santangelo. “We stay up for the last word check – on Earth, at the least – when our expertise might be used throughout NASA’s upcoming yearlong simulated Mars mission. We’re assured of additionally passing this check. Throughout 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 sequence 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 outcomes of the profitable check on Sicily’s lively volcano – which included the gathering of samples by the rover, an important functionality for Martian robotic exploration – had been demonstrated to Italian media throughout a July press convention on Mt. Etna close to the Catania Astrophysical Observatory. Readily available for the demonstration had been Santangelo and Dr. Salvatore Caffo, government volcanologist at Etna Park. As soon as once more, the pilot was in Houston. The mission was a collaboration between Skypersonic, the College of Turin and Etna Park.  

About Skypersonic 

Headquartered in Detroit with a European workplace in Turin, Italy, Skypersonic is a frontrunner in using drones for industrial inspections and first response emergency conditions, in addition to in “Remotely Flying Drones Anyplace™” by way of its ground-breaking Lengthy Vary Actual-Time Distant Piloting System. Skypersonic’s flagship is the Skycopter: a drone with a tiltable video digital camera that’s designed to work in excessive situations and ultra-tight areas. It’s enclosed and guarded by an exterior aerodynamic, ultra-light and ultra-resistant cage to make sure security and keep away from harm to inspected buildings and to the airframe itself. It’s also fitted with an ultra-bright 360° LED lighting system for purposes in full darkness, and sensors to detect gases and radiation can be added. Skycopter makes use of Skyloc expertise: a real-time location and monitoring system capable of management and observe with extraordinarily excessive accuracy the actions of the drone in indoor eventualities or the place GPS is just not accessible. Skypersonic additionally invented the first-ever worldwide civil real-time distant piloting system that enables piloting in FPV (first-person view) any drone (not simply the Skycopter) positioned anyplace from a generic web station positioned anyplace. 

About Pink Cat Holdings 

Pink Cat Holdings is a publicly traded firm (NASDAQ: RCAT) that gives drone merchandise, applied sciences and companies to the fastest-growing market segments within the drone business by way of 4 working subsidiaries: Skypersonic (offering drones for industrial inspections and first response emergencies that may be piloted from anyplace on the earth), Teal Drones (military-grade drones), Fats Shark (headsets for FPV drones that permit for an extremely immersive expertise) and Rotor Riot (a frontrunner in offering product, companies and assist to the high-performance drone market).  

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