Highway to Utilizing Drones and Rovers on Mars Begins on Energetic Volcano in Italy – sUAS Information

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

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

Skypersonic’s “Skycopter” drone will be piloted just about anyplace, from just about anyplace, because the Skypersonic crew 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 lively 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 know-how that is ready to management and monitor the drone in places – comparable to Mars – the place GPS shouldn’t be out there. 

“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, not less than – when our know-how will probably be used throughout NASA’s upcoming yearlong simulated Mars mission. We’re assured of additionally passing this check. Through 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 hundreds of miles away.”  

The outcomes of the profitable check on Sicily’s lively volcano – which included the gathering of samples by the rover, a vital 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 frontrunner in using drones for industrial inspections and first response emergency conditions, in addition to in “Remotely Flying Drones Wherever™” by way of its ground-breaking Lengthy Vary Actual-Time Distant Piloting System. Skypersonic’s flagship is the Skycopter: a drone with a tiltable video digital camera that’s designed to work in excessive situations 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 purposes in full darkness, and sensors to detect gases and radiation may also be added. Skycopter makes use of Skyloc know-how: a real-time location and monitoring system in a position to management and monitor with extraordinarily excessive accuracy the actions of the drone in indoor eventualities or the place GPS shouldn’t be out there. 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) positioned anyplace from a generic web station positioned anyplace. 

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 trade by way of 4 working subsidiaries: Skypersonic (offering drones for industrial inspections and first response emergencies that may be piloted from anyplace on the earth), Teal Drones (military-grade drones), Fats Shark (headsets for FPV drones that enable for an extremely immersive expertise) and Rotor Riot (a frontrunner in offering product, companies and help to the high-performance drone market).  

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