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Tue, 13 May 2014
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SCISYS Awarded Harwell Robotics and Autonomy Facility Pilot

SCISYS has signed a contract with the European Space Agency to deliver the Harwell Robotics and Autonomy Facility Pilot Project 1 ("HRAF"). The HRAF facility will support the development, testing and validation of autonomous systems technologies, which is essential for future space missions involving planetary rovers and robots.

The development and validation of complex autonomous systems, such as planetary rovers, is critical to enable future planetary exploration science missions. Development of autonomous systems requires proving the readiness of the technology and the validation of complete systems using specialist test facilities to supplement the traditional validation approaches. This has to include mock planetary surfaces, simulated software environments and field trials. The aim for HRAF is to provide such a testing facility, which in turn will deliver a number of key benefits to the user community.

Dr. Horst Wulf, Divisional Director Space of SCISYS said: "The discussions and preparation for HRAF started in 2012 and it is great to see SCISYS' reputation in autonomous systems being recognised by priming this consortium. The cooperation with Airbus Defence & Space, Thales Alenia Space Italy, Thales Alenia Space UK, Joanneum Research and the Virtual Engineering Centre in Daresbury brings together the experts in this domain and continues the productive cooperation the companies established over the last years."

Klaus Heidrich, CEO of SCISYS added: "The area of autonomous systems and robotics is currently receiving a lot of investment and with HRAF we are delighted to be at the forefront of this area. In addition to our core space business it also has the potential to create exciting opportunities in non-space domains."