ERAS will participate to GSoC 2015 under the Python Software Foundation (PSF) umbrella

We are pleased to announce that we will participate this year to the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) under the Python Software Foundation (PSF) umbrella.

If you are interested in contributing code to the ERAS project, make sure to apply before the deadline on March 27. You should start by visiting the PSF GSoC page (were we are listed as a Sub-Org) and our GSoC project ideas page witch contains a list of suggested projects. You may decide to work on these ideas or use them as a starting point for your own. Either way, come talk to us on the erasproject@googlegroups.com mailing list and on our IRC channel #IMS on Freenode.

ERAS selected to participate in ESA 2015 Summer of Code In Space (SoCiS)

We are pleased to announce that the European Space Agency (ESA) accepted IMS as a mentoring organization for this year of their ESA Summer of Code in Space (SOCIS 2015). If you are eligible to participate in SOCIS and interested in contributing code to the ERAS project, make sure to apply, using this form, before the deadline on April 30. You may start by visiting our SOCIS project ideas page witch contains a list of suggested projects. You may decide to work on these ideas or use them as a starting point for your own. Either way, come talk to us on the erasproject@googlegroups.com mailing list and on our IRC channel #IMS on Freenode.

V-ERAS-14 Mission Report released

We are pleased to announce the  release of the V-ERAS-14 Mission Report. Between 06- 14 December 2014 the Italian Mars Society has conducted simulation of a Mars exploration mission in Madonna di Campiglio, Trento, Italy in the framework of the ERAS program. This general report is an overview on what happened during the Mars analog mission and of the most important outcomes. Enjoy the reading!

V-ERAS-14 Mission Report

The V-ERAS Call For Volunteers is open!

The Italian Mars Society is pleased to announce that volunteer positions are now open for participating as crew members at the first V-ERAS rotation scheduled to run from December 7 till December 14, 2014. Volunteers should send their applications to: v-eras@marssociety.it by September 30, 2014 in order to be considered. Both individual applications and group applications of up to an entire crew (4 people) will be considered. See here for the complete call.

Voice Commanding for Trevor: the ERAS robotic testing platform

In the above video the first outdoor ride of the trevor rover. Trevor is playing the role of ERAS robotic testing platform and will be functional to the field testing of the ERAS C3 Subsystem applications.

Trevor has been derived from the veter open source project with the modifications needed to fit the ERAS C3 architectural choices such as the use of the Tango distribuited control system. Trevor is being assembled using components produced with a sharebot 3D printer.
Trevor control is implemented using a PiRoCon controller board plugged on top of a Raspberry Pi with wireless connectivity.
The control application is currently constituted by two Tango servers developed in Python, one dedicated to the motors control, the other to data acquisition from the ultrasonic distance sensor (plotted in the video using the standard Tango plotting facilities).
The video is showing the rover driven from a voice commanding application developed within the GSoC 2014 frame.