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.
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