In less than a dozen years, SpaceX and NASA plan to send astronauts to Mars independently of each other. Before that, however, both entities are looking for a place where a manned capsule could land.
NASA and SpaceX SpaceX consortium managed by Elon Musk will soon begin exploring Mars in the near future. For now, the planet is researching rovers with a variety of scientific instruments, but people will be sent there in a while.
Of course, before this happens, you need to find a suitable landing site beforehand. That’s it, together with SpaceX, the American Space Agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Scientists work together to find the best location for a space ship to land in the future.
Finding this place will not be easy, as it has to fulfill several factors. Above all, the surface should be ice. In addition, the area must have a slight slope, and the location itself must be near the equator to provide as much exposure to the sun’s rays as needed for photovoltaic cells.
The American concern Tesla Motors is working on major improvements to Autopilot. The driving assistant will be equipped with new software, which is mainly based on the radar. This way, it will better detect obstacles on the road.
The Autopilot, which was to provide Tesla Motors with an advantage over its rivals, proved to be a big problem. The function is responsible for causing one fatal accident and several other collisions in which no one was killed.
Tesla, despite the suggestion of consumer organizations, has not turned off the flagship feature, but intends to make some changes to it that will improve its functionality. Elon Musk, CEO of the American company, confirmed that work on the new software is underway, with Autopilot now largely dependent on radar.
The function presented in 2014 has so far been mainly based on sensors and cameras linked to the image processing system. At that time, it was thought to be the best solution because the radar would not be able to detect non-metallic objects and people. The collision with the white trailer showed, however, that this does not work.
Switching the assistant mainly to radar assisted by sensors will make it much easier to detect obstacles on the road.