Olis Robotics, a leader in next-generation AI-driven software for remote robotics in dynamic environments in subsea, terrestrial, and space applications, today announced that it has been selected by Maxar Technologies, a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure, to provide robotic operator planning software for Maxar’s Sample Acquisition, Morphology Filtering, and Probing of Lunar Regolith (SAMPLR) robotic arm.
The arm will be mounted to a yet-to-be-named lander as one of 12 payloads that NASA selected as part of its Artemis program to send the first woman and the next man to the Moon by 2024 in preparation for a human mission to Mars.
Olis Robotics’ operator planning software will solve for the extreme latency experienced while operating robotics on the lunar surface by enabling operators to simulate and plan movements from the ground. Olis’ software will provide a 3D visualization of the lunar environment and intuitive controls for operators on Earth, providing enhanced control during exploration missions.
“The moon provides an excellent proving ground for our robotic operator planning software, allowing operators on Earth to successfully complete more complex missions faster and safer than ever before,” explained Olis Robotics CEO Don Pickering. “The Olis Robotics platform technology delivers a new level of machine learning allowing more efficient operation, while keeping the human in-the-loop should the robot encounter an unexpected event, to ensure high levels of mission success.”
SAMPLR will acquire samples from the lunar environment, filter regolith prior to data collection, and perform surface probing.
”Maxar has participated in hundreds of successful robotic missions, including those on the Space Shuttles, the International Space Station, and five Mars rovers and landers. Now, we’re combining that experience to deploy a robotic arm to the Moon,” said Al Tadros, Maxar’s Vice President of Space Infrastructure and Civil Space. “We’re delighted to enhance SAMPLR with the cutting-edge robotic operator planning software provided by Olis Robotics.”
The arm is a flight spare from the Mars Exploration Rover mission, which included the long-lived rovers Spirit and Opportunity.