The ESA PILOT system enables global access to the lunar surface precisely and safely with the realisation of Visual Navigation and HDA functions in an autonomous manner onboard the spacecraft.

Image : Moon Lander Scanning the Terrain

NGC plays a critical role in this Airbus-led program by providing the HDA software subsystem. The subsystem processes Visual Navigation information, camera images and Lidar measurements in real time to perform terrain assessment and identify the safest landing sites.

The PILOT programme aims at a demonstration of the integrated visual navigation and HDA technology by 2025.


See the PILOT PROGRAMME page on ESA website for additional details on the mission.


When you work with us, you’ll find we are very flexible when it comes to finding ways to integrate our technology into your project. We also provide in-depth training and the support of one of the most experienced Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) systems teams in the world.