Drones on Mars: Skypersonic Exams Expertise on Sicily’s Mt. Etna, Piloted from Houston


Skypersonic Validates Drone Expertise on Mt. Etna for Future Use on Mars

by DRONELIFE Employees Author Ian M Crosby

Skypersonic is a subsidiary of Purple Cat Holdings. Purple Cat Holdings [NASDAQ:RCAT]  is held within the AdvisorShares Drone Expertise ETF [NYSE ARCA:UAV], the one ETF devoted to the drone financial system. The AdvisorShares Drone Expertise ETF is a thematic funding technique looking for 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 lively volcano in Sicily the place the terrain is akin to the geology of Mars.

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In 2021, Skypersonic signed a five-year contract with NASA for the availability 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 crew 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 have 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 observe drones in areas with out GPS availability.

“This was a grueling take a look at that we handed with flying colours. We sit up for the last word take a look at – on Earth, no less than – when our expertise shall be used throughout NASA’s upcoming yearlong simulated Mars mission,” mentioned Giuseppe Santangelo, CEO of Skypersonic. “We’re assured of additionally passing this take a look at. 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 take a look at’s outcomes, which concerned the rover amassing samples as can be mandatory when exploring Mars, have 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 govt 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 obtained 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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