Case Study: ExoMars Rover

ESA – ExoMars Rover

The ExoMars Rover mission will be Europe’s first surface mission to Mars.

The Mission

The mission aims to examine the geological environment on Mars and search for evidence of environments that may have once, and perhaps could still, support life.  The rover will have a suite of instruments on board and uniquely be equipped with a drill capable of drilling 2m below the surface.  This will enable it to determine if evidence of life is buried underground, protected from the destructive radiation that impinges the surface today.

SCISYS’s Intelligent Autonomy

SCISYS is providing the VisLoc (Vision-based localisation) system, which is a critical part of the autonomous navigation solution.

SCISYS will also design, code and verify the Mission Management Software Instruments Layer (MMS-IL).  This AI software component will support the second objective of the mission – to move autonomously across the surface, providing localisation and visualisation capabilities, enabling the rover to traverse greater distances than could be previously achieved without this level of intelligence.


Find out more about our Autonomy & Robotics capabilities.

About SCISYS Group:

Employing around 670 staff, SCISYS Group is a leading developer of information and communications technology services, e-business, web and mobile applications, editorial newsroom solutions and advanced technology solutions. The Company operates in a broad spectrum of market sectors, including Media & Broadcast, Space, Government and Defence and Commercial sectors. SCISYS clients are predominantly blue-chip and public-sector organisations. Customers include the Environment Agency, the Ministry of Defence, Airbus Defence & Space, Thales Alenia Space, Arqiva, Vodafone, the European Space Agency, Eumetsat, the BBC, Radio France, RTL, RNLI, Pets at Home, Siemens and the National Trust. The Company's registered office is in Dublin, with UK offices in Chippenham, Bristol, Leicester and Reading and German offices in Bochum, Dortmund, Darmstadt and Munich.