The road to using drones and rovers on Mars begins on Active
CATANIA, Italy, Aug. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Skyspersonic, which in 2021 signed a five-year contract with NASA to provide drone and rover software, hardware and support to NASA’s simulated mission on Mars, validated its software and hardware on Mount Etna, an active volcano in Sicily where the landscape is similar to Martian geology.
Skyspersonic’s “Skycopter” drone can be flown virtually anywhere, from virtually anywhere, as demonstrated by Skyspersonic’s team on Mount Etna during a 15-day test. Using Skyspersonic’s revolutionary long-range real-time remote piloting system, the drone and rover at the active volcano in Italy were controlled in real time by personnel in Houston, Texas. While most drones cannot be flown without connecting to the GPS network, Skycopter uses technology that can control and track the drone in places – like Mars – where GPS is not available.
“It was a grueling test that we passed with flying colors,” said Skyspersonic CEO Giuseppe Santangelo. “We look forward to the ultimate test – on Earth, at least – when our technology is used on NASA’s next year-long simulated mission to Mars. We are confident that we will pass this test as well. During the mission simulated on Mars, four crew members living and working in a 1,700 square foot module on Earth, called Mars Dune Alpha, will perform a series of missions – including remotely guided exploration and collecting specimens from land accidents elsewhere on Earth. , up to thousands of kilometers.
The results of the successful test on Sicily’s active volcano – which included the rover’s sample collection, a critical capability for Martian robotic exploration – were presented to Italian media at a press conference in July on the ‘Etna near the Catania Astrophysical Observatory. On hand for the demonstration were Santangelo and Dr. Salvatore Caffo, executive volcanologist at Etna Park. Again, the pilot was in Houston. The project was a collaboration between Skyspersonic, the University of Turin and Etna Park.
Based in Detroit with a European office in Turin, Italy, Skyspersonic is a leader in the use of drones for industrial inspections and first-response emergencies, as well as “Remotely Flying Drones Anywhere™” through its Revolutionary Long Range Real-Time Remote Control System. Skyspersonic’s flagship is the Skycopter: a drone with a tilting video camera that is designed to operate in extreme conditions and ultra-small spaces. It is enclosed and protected by an aerodynamic, ultra-lightweight and ultra-strong outer cage to ensure safety and prevent damage to the inspected structures and the cell itself. It is also equipped with an ultra-bright 360° LED lighting system for applications in total darkness, and sensors for detecting gases and radiation can also be added. Skycopter uses Skyloc technology: a real-time tracking and monitoring system capable of controlling and tracking with extremely high precision the movements of the drone in indoor scenarios or when GPS is not available. Skyspersonic also invented the world’s first real-time civilian remote piloting system that allows FPV (first person view) piloting of any drone (not just the Skycopter) located anywhere from anywhere. a generic internet station located anywhere.
About Red Cat Holdings
Red Cat Holdings is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: RCAT) that provides drone products, technologies and services to the fastest growing market segments of the drone industry through four operating subsidiaries: Skyspersonic (providing drones for industrial inspections and emergency first response that can be flown from anywhere in the world), Teal Drones (military-grade drones), Fat Shark (FPV drone headsets that enable a incredibly immersive) and Rotor Riot (a leader in providing products, services and support to the high-performance drone market).