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Drones on Mars: Skypersonic’s Checks on Mt. Etna


drones on MarsSkypersonic Validates Drone Know-how on Mt. Etna for Future Use on Mars

by DRONELIFE Employees Author Ian M Crosby

Skypersonic is a subsidiary of Crimson Cat Holdings. Crimson Cat Holdings [NASDAQ:RCAT]  is held within the AdvisorShares Drone Know-how ETF [NYSE ARCA:UAV], the one ETF devoted to the drone economic system. The AdvisorShares Drone Know-how ETF is a thematic funding technique in search of to seize the expansion alternatives in drones and autonomous automobiles (AV).  AdvisorShares is a DRONELIFE sponsor.

Drone inspection chief Skypersonic efficiently examined its software program and {hardware} on Mt. Etna, an energetic volcano in Sicily the place the terrain is similar to the geology of Mars.

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In 2021, Skypersonic signed a five-year contract with NASA for the provision of drone and rover software program, {hardware} and assist for NASA’s forthcoming simulated Mars mission.

Skypersonic’s “Skycopter” drone, able to being piloted remotely in practically any location, was flown by the Skypersonic group on Mt. Etna as a part of a take a look at that lasted 15 days. Using Skypersonic’s Lengthy Vary Actual-Time Distant Piloting System, the drone and rover on Mt. Etna had been piloted in actual time by operators primarily based in Houston, Texas. Whereas most drones require a GPS connection, the expertise employed by Skycopter can management and monitor drones in areas with out GPS availability.

“This was a grueling take a look at that we handed with flying colours. We stay up for the last word take a look at – on Earth, at the least – when our expertise might be used throughout NASA’s upcoming yearlong simulated Mars mission,” stated Giuseppe Santangelo, CEO of Skypersonic. “We’re assured of additionally passing this take a look at. Through the simulated Mars mission, 4 crew members residing and dealing in a 1,700-square-foot module on Earth, referred to 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 take a look at’s outcomes, which concerned the rover gathering samples as can be obligatory when exploring Mars, had been showcased to the Italian media at a press convention this previous July. The convention was held on Mt. Etna close to the Catania Astrophysical Observatory, with each Santangelo and Etna Park’s government volcanologist Dr. Salvatore Caffo in attendance for the demonstration. This demonstration was a joint effort from Skypersonic, the College of Turin and Etna Park.

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Ian attended Dominican College of California, the place he acquired a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong ardour for writing and storytelling and a eager curiosity in expertise, he’s now contributing to DroneLife as a employees author.

 



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