Autonomous Soil Assessment System: ASAS

Have you ever wondered how rovers could safely explore the surface of a planet? Mission Control’s contract with the Canadian Space Agency aims to address just that.

The end goal of ASAS would be to detect unknown hazards such as soft soil that could immobilize a planetary rover and compromise its mission. Operating in real time, the technology developed by Mission Control would increase the navigation autonomy of rovers in challenging terrain and improve their speed. The ultimate objective of this project is to successfully deploy the technology on future planetary exploration missions, all the while keeping our strategy of generating commercial opportunities for terrestrial spinoff technologies.

Beyond the planetary exploration application of this technology, Mission Control have found several potential collaborators that have expressed a need for technological capabilities that will emerge from the development of ASAS. Finding needs in the automotive industry, commercial cleaning industry, etc., we hope that our work can be useful to a variety of different companies and people in the future.

The ASAS project is developed in collaboration with key partners both from academia and industry, including Concordia University (Concordia’s Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation, Dr. Chris Skonieczny); Dr. Karl Iagnemma, an expert from the U.S.; and two Canadian companies, Ontario Drive and Gear and Canadensys Aerospace.

To stay up to date on the progress with ASAS and our other projects, please check in with our newsfeed and follow our various social media accounts.

Latest News

08
Jun
2017

ASAS Demo

ASAS has been one of the biggest projects happening at the Mission Control offices for some time now, so it was great to get out of the office and over to the Mars Yard at CSA to do some more testing and demos with the team. Fortunately, we had some nice weather in Montreal!


15
Apr
2017

2017 ASAS Testing

Gearing up for the final few months of our ASAS project, our team is preparing for some more field testing of our software. Our robotics engineers have been performing set-up, integration, and preliminary testing on our rover from a cozy corner at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. Drop by to say hi, and follow us on our social media channels to see more images from the upcoming test campaigns!


23
Nov
2016

ASAS Test Campaign

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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.


08
Jul
2016

Testing ASAS

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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!


27
Jan
2016

Canadian Space Agency & ASAS

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The Canadian Space Agency wrote an article about Mission Control and the Autonomous Soil Assessment System that we are developing:

http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/blog/2016/01/27/exploring-the-surface-of-a-planet-young-entrepreneurs-at-work.asp


11
Jan
2016

Autonomous Soil Assessment System Contract Press Release

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We’ve been so excited to be able to release details about our Autonomous Soil Assessment System Contract Press Release with the Canadian Space Agency – check out our first official press release here:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/11/prweb13104367.htm