Developing autonomous drones for space missions

Davide Scaramuzza

The research of the Robotics and Perception Group inspired the design of the drone technology behind NASA's Ingenuity helicopter.

NASA's Ingenuity, a small robotic helicopter, has completed its first flight over Mars, the first powered autonomous flight on another planet.

Davide Scaramuzza has been working on autonomous drone technology with onboard cameras and without GPS since 2009.

He and his team are currently collaborating with the NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory to investigate the suitability of event-based cameras for future Mars helicopter missions.