Last week at the SEDS Ascension 2017 Conference in Toronto, Kaizad Raimalwala, one of our Junior Robotics Engineers, gave a great talk about our company and activities. Kaizad is also Chief of Staff of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) Canada. To check out more of their activities, please see their website: https://seds.ca/
Our ASAS project is in full swing.
Here are some members of our team and our friends at ARGO XTR last week, out in the field with the rover doing testing campaigns.
Part of developing Autonomous Soil Assessment System involves testing and acquiring data in different combinations of slope and terrain type (sand, gravel and bedrock). Using machine learning, this information will be used to help future autonomous vehicles to make their own ‘decisions’ in real-time.
Mission Control was fortunate enough to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico for this year’s International Astronautical Congress. We were fortunate enough to take part in the Canadian Space Agency’s Canada Mission to Mexico, as well as present other papers (Michaela and Ewan). The above photo is a talk on Mission Control’s RPEAM activity.
Be sure to follow our facebook and twitter and the hashtag #IAC2016 to hear more about one of the biggest annual events in the space community.
This year’s RPEAM activity was a great success. Three teams, Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie, successfully completed the mission, communicating with a Ground Control and driving a rover in Montreal at the Canadian Space Agency Mars Yard.
To see media from the event, be sure to check out the #SSP16Mars tag on twitter and see the Mission Control Facebook page.
For the third year in a row, a team lead by Mission Control Space Services is running the Robotic Planetary Exploration Analogue Mission (RPEAM) at the International Space University Space Studies Program (SSP) this year in Haifa, Israel! On August 8th and 9th, three teams of SSP Participants are becoming international interdisciplinary astronauts from the ‘International Space Agency’.
The purpose of RPEAM is to give participants the opportunity to learn about mission planning, definition and real time planning operations, overseen by a team of experts from academia and industry. Students will be involved in learning the concepts and theories specific to robotic planetary exploration, a mission planning session, and finally, the execution of the analogue mission.
From their site at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, teams will control an Ontario Drive and Gear rover prototype in the Canadian Space Agency Mars Yard in Montreal, scouting optimal locations on the ‘red planet’ for human exploration and science.
Check our countdown page to get excited, and don’t forget to follow along before and during our mission simulation using the hashtag #SSP16Mars
We are spending the next few weeks doing testing on our ASAS technology with ODG – keep up to date by following us on twitter and facebook!
Mission Control hosted a networking event in our new office space at the incubator! Some friends and colleagues were invited to check out our business and meet each other and our team while in town for the 2016 CASI Astro conference.
As believers in the value of analog missions, the team here at Mission Control proudly signed the Vienna Statement on Analog Planetary Research (VSAPR) on May 10th, 2016. We are a team of multidisciplinary scientists, researchers, and engineers who have used analog missions to further our own scientific research and careers, and hope that this field can grow to once again extend human spaceflight beyond low earth orbit.
We’ve made some moves in our home at at the Carleton University Lead to Win accelerator! Check out our new office space!
Mission Control recently attended the Disrupt Space Conference in Bremen, Germany from April 7-8, 2016. The summit was a great way to meet investors, businesses, and mentors in the NewSpace era. Read more about the Disrupt Space summit 2016, and find out about the other exciting players in this growing space economy.