The ability to perform autonomous Hazard Detection and Avoidance (HDA) and precision landing activities are some of the most challenging requirements for future planetary exploration missions.
High-Fidelity Engineering Simulators
In order to verify and validate autonomous flight software prior to launch, NGC provides a closed-loop high-fidelity software simulation environment, including:
- Sensor models
- Camera, radar and Lidar models interacting with a terrain topography model
- Thruster models
- Lander dynamics
- Moon environment
The simulation environment is applicable to the cruise, orbit or descent and landing phases. An extensive library of simulation models and mathematical functions is available. The simulator can perform end-to-end simulations including the generation of synthetic images and Lidar scans consistent with the lander trajectory and the terrain model.