|The STEPS programme is one of the three activities part of the “Piedmont Aerospace District” subject of the request for proposal issued by the Regione Piemonte under the funding for Research and Innovation. STEPS is focused on the horizon of the exploration – robotic and human – of the Universe and is intended to produce a series of technological demonstrators (both virtual and physical) finalized to the development of systems for soft landing (Lander) and surface mobility (Rover) applicable to both robotic and human missions. STEPS foresees also the realization and utilization of a set of laboratories equipped for tele-operations, of tools for concurrent design, simulation and virtual reality and of Moon and Mars simulated environments. The following picture provides a schematic view of development process from conceptual design up to the demonstrators’ development.
|Two technological reference scenarios are proposed to set a working framework for the STEPS technologies roadmaps:
|The ALTEC activities are mainly addressed to the following topics :
In the frame of STEPS project, a Mars Moon Terrain Simulator has been developed. This terrain simulator will be used to perform testing and verification activities of the developed elements in particular for the pressurized rover.
|PHOTO CREDITS; ESA/Thales Alenia Space|