This time the technology developed by the nasa will not make much road and will be tested off the eastern coast of the United States, in the Atlantic Ocean. With the mission Mars 2020 this system helped to map the land of mars, identify the most dangerous areas and choose the best place to land. A new submersible robot based on the technology trn (Terraine-relative navigation), the same that the nasa used to land with greater precision the rover perseverance on 18 February and also in the recent flights of the helicopter ingenuity .
The objective will be the terrestrial oceans and in these days will be the first demonstration of this new technology. Thanks to the collaboration between the jpl of the nasa and the woods hole oceanographic institute was developed a new submarine rover called orpheus. The submarine orpheus is quite small (just less than a quad) and weighs about 250 kg, but from its it can boast an unprecedented agility and the ability to explore places where no classic submarine could ever arrive.
While the submarine will travel on the bottom of the sea, xvio will identify features such as rocks, shells and corals. Just like storing points of reference during a road trip, xvio will build 3d maps creating waypoints to help him navigate. Once other means based on the same technology are realized, they can interact and share data, thus expanding the mapping of areas much faster.
But you don’t want to stop just this, in fact, orpheus technology will be evaluated for future use on other planets. For example, the underwater exploration of Europe, the moon of youth characterized by the presence of an underground ocean potentially suitable for living. But for now we stay with our feet on the ground, indeed… in the Atlantic Ocean.
The objective of the mission will be to demonstrate that the technology trn is able to give results also in the underwater explorations, both terrestrial and not.