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SENAV consortium improves security and efficiency of AI-supported area robots in exploration missions

SENAV consortium improves security and efficiency of AI-supported area robots in exploration missions

Posted Date: 2023-06-08

Vienna, Austria, 6 June 2023 TTTech is a companion within the SENAV* challenge, in control of {hardware} system integration. SENAV stands for Sensible Area Exploration Navigation. The area science and exploration applied sciences challenge is funded by Horizon Europe. It goals to enhance the security and efficiency of landers, drones, and robotic management methods for AI-based autonomous area exploration.

Sensible robots, corresponding to drones, landers, and rovers make it attainable to check far-off celestial our bodies. Supported by superior algorithms, synthetic intelligence, and specialised {hardware} and software program options, these machines should safely land and navigate in harsh environments just like the floor of the Moon or Mars. It's the aim of the SENAV challenge to boost these robots additional by creating and testing a extremely dependable, safety-critical {hardware}/software program platform for demanding area robotic purposes. Throughout the challenge, the flexibility and utility of the platform might be demonstrated in two purposes: vision-based crater navigation, and navigation primarily based on SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping).

“TTTech is proud to characterize Austria’s area sector as a part of this essential European challenge,” says Werner Köstler, Government Board Member for Aerospace at TTTech. “Adapting our expertise for area landers, drones, and robots is an important step to broaden our traction within the rapidly-growing area market.”

SENAV consortium met in Vienna to debate technical specs

The SENAV consortium unites 4 European organizations: challenge coordinator iTUBS, an SME from Germany, M2M Options, an SME from Slovakia, TTTech, an skilled industrial companion, in addition to the famend analysis heart DLR from Germany. In a gathering that befell in Vienna from June 1-2, 2023, the companions reviewed the necessities to proceed with the implementation.

A crater navigation (CNav) framework developed by the DLR might be taken to the following degree, enabling absolutely autonomous navigation round cratered our bodies (e.g. the Moon), even when contact with Earth is misplaced. CNav permits precision absolute navigation for orbiters and landers which poses vital challenges to computational efficiency. Due to this fact, challenge coordinator iTUBS will speed up associated software program routines utilizing a customized space-borne laptop. Equally, M2M Options will develop an AI-based utility for autonomous navigation for use by area drones and rovers that transfer on or above the floor of a celestial physique. A miniaturized high-performance community change by TTTech Aerospace might be a vital part within the general small area platform supporting AI-based autonomous robotic purposes.

* SENAV has obtained funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe analysis and innovation programme underneath grant settlement No 101082476.

About TTTech Aerospace

TTTech Aerospace supplies deterministic embedded community and platform options for aerospace and area purposes. Its merchandise have already accomplished over 1 billion flight hours in Degree A security-critical purposes like fly-by-wire, energy methods, avionics, engine controls, and environmental management methods and coated distances of greater than two million kilometers in deep area. Confirmed, mature options assist prospects within the aerospace and area industries to develop built-in, modular, and scalable deterministic community platforms that enhance security, fault tolerance, and availability. As well as, built-in options scale back dimension, weight, energy, and price (SWaP-C), permitting for simpler dealing with of kit and reducing whole lifecycle prices.

TTTech Aerospace is a part of the TTTech Group, a globally oriented group of high-tech corporations, based and headquartered in Vienna, Austria. TTTech is the innovator of Deterministic Ethernet and a driving power behind the IEEE TSN and the SAE AS6802 Time-Triggered Ethernet requirements. TTTech North America Inc, headquartered in Andover, MA, and with places of work in, amongst others, Houston, TX, can be a part of the TTTech Group.