Mission Control is partnered with Axiom Research Labs Private Limited (ARL) of India to demonstrate AI-powered autonomy on a micro-rover ahead of commercial missions to the Moon, in a project called Mission Control Intelligence (MCI): Enhancing the Autonomy of Commercial Space Robotics.
MCI is a suite of cutting-edge technologies that will enable mission operators to make key decisions in science and navigation operations faster and with more confidence, opening up new possibilities in exploration. It is designed to meet the growing demand for AI-powered robotic missions to improve safety and productivity, and enable the future of low-cost autonomous space missions.
Mission Control will integrate its MCI suite onto flight and ground systems developed by ARL, including their commercially available micro-rover, Ek Chotti si Asha (ECA). To test and validate how the MCI suite can benefit science operations with the ECA rover, Mission Control and ARL will host a series of tests in a high-fidelity Lunar analogue environment at Mission Control’s facility in downtown Ottawa. Software applications and novel autonomy capabilities developed through MCI will be independent of the rover platform, enabling Mission Control to integrate these technologies for future missions including a potential Canadian micro-rover mission.
To enable geographically distributed teams to operate the rover in tests and spaceflight missions, Mission Control will also leverage another core technology suite: Mission Control Software, a cloud-based suite of mission operations software services for space exploration, autonomous systems and robotic applications.