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CSA Awards Mission Control Contract to Develop Lunar Surface Autonomous Science Payload

27 Feb 2020, 11:49 UTC
CSA Awards Mission Control Contract to Develop Lunar Surface Autonomous Science Payload
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Rover prototype during testing. (Credit: Mission Control Space Systems)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, FEBRUARY 25, 2020 (Mission Control Space Services PR) — Mission Control Space Services Inc. (Mission Control) is pleased to announce a contract awarded by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for the development of a novel payload to advance lunar scientific exploration, the first contract to be awarded under the $150M CSA Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP).

Titled ASAS-CRATERS (Autonomous Soil Assessment System: Contextualizing Rocks, Anomalies and Terrains in Exploratory Robotic Science), the project leverages previous CSA-funded space technology developments by Mission Control in robotic exploration and artificial intelligence (AI), and will advance Canada’s pioneering role in deep space exploration robotics and science.

Mission Control applauds Canada’s rejuvenated support for space exploration. These investments re-affirm Canada’s reputation as a leader in the international space community.

ASAS-CRATERS leverages cutting-edge AI algorithms for terrain classification, novelty detection, and data aggregation, and will advance a planetary rover’s capability to autonomously assess its surroundings for scientific value. It is designed to be a multi-mission system that can support a wide range of scientific payloads and reduce the operational workload of scientists, enabling them to operate their missions more efficiently.

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