Today we’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with Pleora Technologies!
This partnerships that combines our respective expertise in real-time sensor networking and artificial intelligence (AI) for robotic control and automation to enable advanced driver assistance in local situational awareness (LSA) and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications. We will be ntegrating their RuggedCONNECT smart video switcher platform and our Vehicle/Terrain AI Safety System. This AI capability is the evolution of our patented ASAS technology originally developed for space applications with the support of the Canadian Space Agency!
Spinning off space technology for terrestrial applications is a strength of the Canadian Space industry. Read the press release here.
Our team is wrapping up their time in Iceland and very pleased with the amazing research the SAND-E team was able to do, along with the fact that we had the opportunity to test our ASAS technology in the field.
SAND-E will allow our science teams to examine and determine causes of variability in the geochemistry, minerology and physical grain properties of fluvial and aeolian sediments. SAND-E scientists got to study the movement of sediments in these unique formations in Iceland, in hopes that it will better inform us of similar landscapes on Mars. We were able to conduct a series of surveys using a variety of operational protocols to test the most efficient approaches of gathering data. Some scenarios allowed the rover to autonomously drive and select scientific sites without human input, and in others the team measured the benefit of short drone flights to scout the area ahead, similar to NASA’s proposed Mars 2020 Mission.
Keep up with us on twitter as we prepare for next year’s field test in Iceland!
This week, our team was so excited to showcase some of our very own proprietary rover control software that we have been developing over the past few years.
At an event at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, we were able to demonstrate to students and industry partners what our company has been working towards on the education and outreach side. Not only were we able to talk with Woodroffe high school students about what we are working on and passionate about, we were also able to share the podium with inspiring STEM role model, Canadian Astronaut Robert Thirsk.
After presentations, students were able to drive our rover in New Mexico all the way from Ottawa. This was a small demo of what we offer in our Mission Control Academy program each year, and tied our work in New Mexico back to our partners and community back in Ottawa!
Over the greater part of March, the Mission Control team is here in White Sands National Monument, doing a final demonstration of our ASAS technology with support from Canadian Space Agency!
ASAS is a technology we’ve been working on since 2015. We are using this opportunity at White Sands National Monument to test our software in a natural sand environment, which doesn’t exist at the facilities we have access to in Ottawa.
Over the next three weeks or so, we will test core system functionality, localization performance, ASAS functionality (terramechanics model), new wheels and characterize slip-slope… among other things!
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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!
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!
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.
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!
The Canadian Space Agency wrote an article about Mission Control and the Autonomous Soil Assessment System that we are developing:
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: