Category Archives: Space

An ESA team member operates the rover on one of the team's tests sites.

Robots for ExoMars: Drones and Space Exploration

Drones are being used to test a space rover in familiar ways. By Martin Azkarate UAV manufacturer senseFly talked to Martin Azkarate of the European Space Agency about his work developing rover prototypes for planetary exploration, including how he employs a senseFly drone to test these cutting-edge robots. Martin is a space automation and robotics...

Color coding in this image of Mars represents differences in elevation, measured by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor. While surface liquid water is rare and ephermal on modern Mars.

Straight on to Mars (and Beyond)

In the last issue we raised the question of whether mankind should go back to the Moon as a way to fuel future space exploration. While that article states the many salient reasons to take this path, many people feel we should aim higher and go straight on to Mars. (For insights on what geospatial...

Should we settle on the Moon before Mars?

Back to the Moon? Or—Straight on to Mars?

Editor’s note: at xyHt and Pangaea we’ve been adding “geo-space-al” content into our geospatial mix, and readers have been responding positively. Surveying on Mars is a great example. When you think about it, geospatial technology and space are inextricably intertwined; from GNSS to satellite-based remote sensing, we rely on space-based technology to tackle almost every...

The Prandtl-m is a conceptual fixed-wing drone for Mars mapping that will be tested this year from a balloon drop over Earth at an altitude of 35,000m to simulate Mars' thin atmosphere, 1/100th as dense as Earth's.

Surveying on Mars

The subject of Mars exploration and colonization is suddenly red hot. What role might there be for surveyors in this, the grandest of human endeavors? Above: The Prandtl-m is a conceptual fixed-wing drone for Mars mapping that will be tested this year from a balloon drop over Earth at an altitude of 35,000m to simulate Mars’...

At Aerospace Corp: A Tour of Aerospace Corporation

Chartered in 1960 during the peak of the space race, this independent, federally funded research and development center serves satellite and missile systems clients. Their government sponsor is the United States Air Force, more specifically the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), which includes the GPS directorate (SMC/GP, formerly the GPS Wing). The GPS Directorate...

Morgan aided engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center as they prepared for a series of nine drop tests of an Orion crew capsule model. Credit: NASA

Space Engineering in Training

Above: Morgan Ré aided engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center as they prepared for a series of nine drop tests of an Orion crew capsule model. Credit: NASA Think young people aren’t getting enough hands-on experience with geospatial looks and skills? Check out this high-schooler. Last summer, NASA dropped three small airplanes from 100 feet in...