For Rovers

NGC provides autonomy-enabling Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) software solutions for autonomous planetary exploration rovers.

NGC specialises in the design of state determination algorithms and software for autonomous moving platforms. Its products include functions such as:

  • image processing for stereo vision,
  • visual odometry,
  • sensor fusion,
  • state estimation,
  • sensor calibration.
Rover motion detection from stereo navigation
Rover motion detection from stereo navigation

Rover Motion detection from stereo navigation

NGC’s Vision-Based Navigation system for rovers has been implemented and deployed on-board the Artemis Jr Moon exploration prototype rover with their partner Neptec Design Group and successfully supported the field deployment campaign for the NASA RESOLVE experiment package. This system is also applicable to Unmanned Ground Vehicles.

Artemis Jr

Artemis Jr Moon Exploration Rover Prototype (© Brian Shiro)

NGC also develops a Lidar-based absolute position determination system, which reconstructs surrounding terrain topography and matches it with a reference Digital Elevation Map (DEM) of the area. This system was also field-demonstrated as part of the Artemis Jr development activities. This system is derived from the technologies developed for Lander applications. This system is also applicable to Unmanned Ground Vehicles.

Rover Absolute Position Determination System

Rover Absolute Position Determination System