industry news
Subscribe Now

SENAV consortium improves safety and performance of AI-supported space robots in exploration missions

  • The Austrian-founded high-tech company TTTech is a partner in the project SENAV, short for Smart Space Exploration Navigation
  • TTTech’s Deterministic Networking technology will be a critical part of the small space platform supporting AI-based autonomous robotic applications
  • From 1 to 2 June, the project partners met in Vienna for a requirement review to kickstart the development of a compact space platform

Vienna, Austria, 6 June 2023 TTTech is a partner in the SENAV* project, in charge of hardware system integration. SENAV stands for Smart Space Exploration Navigation. The space science and exploration technologies project is funded by Horizon Europe. It aims to improve the safety and performance of landers, drones, and robot control systems for AI-based autonomous space exploration.

Smart robots, such as drones, landers, and rovers make it possible to study far-off celestial bodies. Supported by advanced algorithms, artificial intelligence, and specialized hardware and software solutions, these machines must safely land and navigate in harsh environments like the surface of the Moon or Mars. It is the goal of the SENAV project to enhance these robots further by developing and testing a highly reliable, safety-critical hardware/software platform for demanding space robotic applications. Within the project, the versatility and utility of the platform will be demonstrated in two applications: vision-based crater navigation, and navigation based on SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping).

“TTTech is proud to represent Austria’s space sector as part of this important European project,” says Werner Köstler, Executive Board Member for Aerospace at TTTech. “Adapting our technology for space landers, drones, and robots is a crucial step to expand our traction in the rapidly-growing space market.”

SENAV consortium met in Vienna to discuss technical specifications

The SENAV consortium unites four European organizations: project coordinator iTUBS, an SME from Germany, M2M Solutions, an SME from Slovakia, TTTech, an experienced industrial partner, as well as the renowned research center DLR from Germany. In a meeting that took place in Vienna from June 1-2, 2023, the partners reviewed the requirements to proceed with the implementation.

A crater navigation (CNav) framework developed by the DLR will be taken to the next level, enabling fully autonomous navigation around cratered bodies (e.g. the Moon), even if contact with Earth is lost. CNav allows precision absolute navigation for orbiters and landers which poses significant challenges to computational performance. Therefore, project coordinator iTUBS will accelerate related software routines using a custom space-borne computer. Similarly, M2M Solutions will develop an AI-based application for autonomous navigation to be used by space drones and rovers that move on or above the surface of a celestial body. A miniaturized high-performance network switch by TTTech Aerospace will be a critical component in the overall small space platform supporting AI-based autonomous robotic applications.

* SENAV has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101082476.

About TTTech Aerospace

TTTech Aerospace provides deterministic embedded network and platform solutions for aerospace and space applications. Its products have already completed over 1 billion flight hours in Level A safety-critical applications like fly-by-wire, power systems, avionics, engine controls, and environmental control systems and covered distances of more than two million kilometers in deep space. Proven, mature solutions help customers in the aerospace and space industries to develop integrated, modular, and scalable deterministic network platforms that increase safety, fault tolerance, and availability. In addition, integrated solutions reduce size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C), allowing for easier handling of equipment and lowering total lifecycle costs.

TTTech Aerospace is part of the TTTech Group, a globally oriented group of high-tech companies, founded and headquartered in Vienna, Austria. TTTech is the innovator of Deterministic Ethernet and a driving force behind the IEEE TSN and the SAE AS6802 Time-Triggered Ethernet standards. TTTech North America Inc, headquartered in Andover, MA, and with offices in, among others, Houston, TX, is also part of the TTTech Group.

https://www.tttech.com/aerospace

Leave a Reply

featured blogs
Jun 13, 2024
I've just been introduced to the DuoFlex 4K Dual-Screen Display from HalmaPixel, and now I'm drooling with desire all over my keyboard....

featured paper

Navigating design challenges: block/chip design-stage verification

Sponsored by Siemens Digital Industries Software

Explore the future of IC design with the Calibre Shift left initiative. In this paper, author David Abercrombie reveals how Siemens is changing the game for block/chip design-stage verification by moving Calibre verification and reliability analysis solutions further left in the design flow, including directly inside your P&R tool cockpit. Discover how you can reduce traditional long-loop verification iterations, saving time, improving accuracy, and dramatically boosting productivity.

Click here to read more

featured chalk talk

SiC-Based High-Density Industrial Charger Solutions
Sponsored by Mouser Electronics and onsemi
In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton and Prasad Paruchuri from onsemi explore the benefits of silicon carbide based high density industrial charging solutions. They investigate the topologies of Totem Pole PFC and Half Bridge LLC circuits, the challenges that bidirectional CLLC resonant DC-DC converters are solving today, and how you can take advantage of onsemi’s silicon carbide charging solutions for your next design.
May 21, 2024
3,658 views