Provectus Robotics Solutions have been involved in multiple lunar rover projects with the Canadian Space Agency over the course of their history. In each case, PRS provided hardware design and integration support, sensor sub-system integration, and command and control software for the delivered rovers.
Artemis Sr. and Jr. Rovers
Under CSA’s Exploration Surface Mobility (ESM) program, Neptec Design Group (NDG) was awarded a contract by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for the design and build of two rovers, subsequently names Artemis Sr. and Artemis Jr. in November 2010. The $11.5 Million contract was to provide CSA with surface mobility platforms for developing the expertise and technology necessary for deployment on the moon. For both projects, PRS was selected to provide system integration and design services, to supply command and control software on-board the rover, as well as to provide remote operator control software. As part of the Artemis team, PRS worked closely with Neptec and the other team members to develop the software and systems necessary to meet CSA’s and NASA’s exploration requirements.
LRPDP – Lunar Rover Platform and Drivetrain Prototype
As part of CSA’s Exploration Core (ExCore) program, PRS was selected in by Ontario Drive and Gear to provide low low-level control software for the LDPRP lunar rover prototype. The purpose of the rover was to subject the drive system to rigorous testing in a dusty thermal vacuum chamber in order to attain a technology readiness level high enough to prove that a path-to- flight existed. PRS’ ARIS software suite was integrated to provide a robust control system for operational use, as well repeatable test scenarios while under vacuum. Upon contract completion, PRS was further tasked with delivering a ROS interface to the drive-train and other rover subsystems, for CSA’s future rover software development.
SPRP – Small Planetary Rover Platform
As part of the same ExCore program with CSA, PRS was selected by Ontario Drive and Gear to provide low level control software for the SPRP lunar rover. This rover, a small and lightweight prototype, was design to fill the gap between the small test platforms and the much larger vehicles that had previously been delivered. PRS helped with the design of the power and electrical subsystems, as well as integrating their ARIS-based low level control functionality.