Mars reconstruction

Mars reconstruction – Thales Alenia Space

on 26 Ott 2011
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Mars reconstruction – experimental prototype for landing 2011 . Thales Alenia Space

fiberglass 10m x 10m x 10m
with the collaboration of Aleph3 & Arc. Maurizio Buffa

The surface of Mars has been built in scale, it matches all the minute details of the photographs and scans provided by Nasa. La superfice del pianeta Marte è stata ricostruita in scala, corrispondente in ogni minimi dettagli alle fotografie e scansioni forniti dalla NASA.

Mars surface spectrometric certificate. Plastikart Studio has achieved the certification from the “Laboratorio Reparto Ottica dell’Istituto Giordano S.p.A” Physics research number 277778 del 30.12.2010 that the reconstructed surface of Mars matches the spectrometric measurements that NASA performed during the exploration missions.

Certificato spettrometrico superfice Marte. Lo Studio Plastikart ha ottenuto la certificazione di prova che la superfice ricostruita  corrisponde alla misurazione spettrometrica della NASA effettuata durante le missioni  di osservazione. Laboratorio Reparto Ottica dell’Istituto Giordano S.p.A, Ricerche di Fisica N° rapporto 277778 del 30.12.2010.

Thales Alenia Space Italy selected Pro S3 UAV Octane to be used for their indoor Terrain based Vision Navigation facility in Torino.

Thales Alenia Space Italia selected Pro S3 Octane quadcopter to be used for Precision Landing tests and research. A custom version of Octane flies completely autonomous inside a 10x10x10 mts indoor area, over a Mars terrain mockup based on real Mars terrain 3D data. During flight, photos are taken, real time send to ground and processed by guidance computer who decide best landing point.

Mars terrain mockup by Plastikart Studio: A Mars terrain mockup has been realized by TASI based on detailed DEM and photo data available from recent NASA mission on the planet.


Guidance system: Images are processed, waypoint after waypoint, by a Mars Lander Simulator running on-ground  avoiding obstacle and selecting good places to land. Next waypoint is realtime located after analysis of previous one.


Indoor flying facility: The 9 x 9 x 9 mts volume has been enclosed for safety reason. Inside this volume, an high precision infrared tracking system is providing positioning data to the UAV that has been customized by Mechatronics Laboratory of Polytecn of Turin. Positioning informations are provided up to 1 mm accuracy.


Octane UAV: custom version: A special customized version of our Octane UAV has been selected by Thales Alenia Space Italy to carry their high resolution guidance camera used to test and validate vision based precision landing procedures. It carries an high resolution camera with real-time downlink, capable of sending to ground station uncompressed images taken during flight.


Images and movies are courtesy of Thales Alenia Space Italia
in the frame of
STEPS (Sistemi e Tecnologie per l’EsPlorazione Spaziale)
a research project co-financed by Piedmont Region and firms and universities of the Piedmont Aerospace District in the ambit of the P.O.R. – F.E.S.R. 2007-2013 EC funding program
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