Street to Utilizing Drones and Rovers on Mars Begins on Lively Volcano in Italy – sUAS Information


Skypersonic – a division of Pink Cat Holdings – has been employed by NASA to offer expertise for simulated Mars mission  

 Skypersonic, which in 2021 signed a five-year contract with NASA to offer drone and rover software program, {hardware} and assist to NASA’s simulated Mars mission, has validated its software program and {hardware} on Mt. Etna, an energetic volcano in Sicily the place the panorama is much like Martian geology. 

Skypersonic’s “Skycopter” drone will be piloted just about wherever, from just about wherever, because the Skypersonic workforce demonstrated on Mt. Etna throughout a 15-day check. Utilizing Skypersonic’s ground-breaking Lengthy Vary Actual-Time Distant Piloting System, the drone and rover on the energetic volcano in Italy have been managed by personnel in Houston, Texas, in actual time. Whereas most drones can’t be piloted with out connecting to the GPS community, Skycopter makes use of expertise that is ready to management and monitor the drone in places – comparable to Mars – the place GPS shouldn’t be obtainable. 

“This was a grueling check that we handed with flying colours,” stated Skypersonic CEO Giuseppe Santangelo. “We stay up for the final word check – on Earth, no less than – when our expertise might be used throughout NASA’s upcoming yearlong simulated Mars mission. We’re assured of additionally passing this check. Throughout the simulated Mars mission, 4 crew members dwelling and dealing in a 1,700-square-foot module on Earth, known as Mars Dune Alpha, will perform a sequence of missions – together with remotely guided exploration and assortment of specimens from rugged terrain elsewhere on Earth, as much as 1000’s of miles away.”  

The outcomes of the profitable check on Sicily’s energetic volcano – which included the gathering of samples by the rover, an important functionality for Martian robotic exploration – have been demonstrated to Italian media throughout a July press convention on Mt. Etna close to the Catania Astrophysical Observatory. Available for the demonstration have been Santangelo and Dr. Salvatore Caffo, government volcanologist at Etna Park. As soon as once more, the pilot was in Houston. The venture was a collaboration between Skypersonic, the College of Turin and Etna Park.  

About Skypersonic 

Headquartered in Detroit with a European workplace in Turin, Italy, Skypersonic is a pacesetter in using drones for industrial inspections and first response emergency conditions, in addition to in “Remotely Flying Drones Wherever™” through its ground-breaking Lengthy Vary Actual-Time Distant Piloting System. Skypersonic’s flagship is the Skycopter: a drone with a tiltable video digicam that’s designed to work in excessive circumstances and ultra-tight areas. It’s enclosed and guarded by an exterior aerodynamic, ultra-light and ultra-resistant cage to make sure security and keep away from harm to inspected buildings and to the airframe itself. It is usually fitted with an ultra-bright 360° LED lighting system for functions in full darkness, and sensors to detect gases and radiation can be added. Skycopter makes use of Skyloc expertise: a real-time location and monitoring system capable of management and monitor with extraordinarily excessive accuracy the actions of the drone in indoor eventualities or the place GPS shouldn’t be obtainable. Skypersonic additionally invented the first-ever worldwide civil real-time distant piloting system that enables piloting in FPV (first-person view) any drone (not simply the Skycopter) situated wherever from a generic web station situated wherever. 

About Pink Cat Holdings 

Pink Cat Holdings is a publicly traded firm (NASDAQ: RCAT) that gives drone merchandise, applied sciences and companies to the fastest-growing market segments within the drone business by means of 4 working subsidiaries: Skypersonic (offering drones for industrial inspections and first response emergencies that may be piloted from wherever on the planet), Teal Drones (military-grade drones), Fats Shark (headsets for FPV drones that permit for an extremely immersive expertise) and Rotor Riot (a pacesetter in offering product, companies and assist to the high-performance drone market).  

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