Clearpath Robotics and the Institute for Aerospace Studies at the University of Toronto have teamed up with the Canadian Space Agency and MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates to further lunar research using Clearpath’s Husky A100 unmanned ground vehicle.

Spearheaded by Dr. Tim Barfoot, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Space Robotics, the Autonomous 3D Site Mapping Using Rover(s) will test mapping algorithms for future use on the lunar surface at University of Toronto’s MarsDome.

“This project will enable a mobile robot to map the lunar environment using a laser-based three-dimensional image sensor,” says Dr. Barfoot. “Our research will advance the state of the art by providing a new integrated mapping framework for outdoor problems and field testing results. Clearpath Robotics’ Husky robot is the ideal size for our research and is capable of carrying the laser payload we plan to use, yet it is small enough to operate in the MarsDome facility.”

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