Discover the technology that is taking place on the red planet
“Dare mighty things.” This is the hidden message that many cybernetic “detectives” deciphered in the parachute of the Perseverance robot in February this year when it landed on Mars. It is the motto of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, USA. It defines the spirit of Hypernova Labs very well: we believe that the possibilities are endless for creation. Curiosity and the desire to create have led us to see a possible future in which our solutions are part of the space race and set foot on Mars.
The vertiginous advance of technology imposes daily challenges on us. It opens the door to creativity in a way never thought of before. The arrival of the Perseverance to Mars after a long journey opened our eyes to the infinite options of possible technological development. It stimulated our curiosity and interest in knowing a little more about the technology used in this significant step and that which will be used in the short term.
The Perseverance and its incredible journey
The journey that began in July 2020 culminated in February 2021 with the arrival of the Perseverance robot on Mars, after traveling 480 million km. The landing was preceded by 7 minutes of excitement and uncertainty until the maneuver’s success was confirmed.
Its mission is to collect different samples from the ground and check, using other high-tech devices, the possible conditions for human life in the future.
The Perseverance is equipped with:
Supercam (laser camera and spectrometers used to identify organic compounds)
Mastcam-Z (panoramic cameras with zoom)
Rimfax (radar penetrating up to 10 meters into the ground)
Sherloc/Watson ( ultraviolet spectrometer and camera)
Meda (weather station)
Pixl (x-ray spectrometer that determines chemical elements)
Moxie (able to produce oxygen from CO2 on Mars).
This incredible equipment is developed with the highest technology of the moment. It will allow us to take one more step towards the construction of a future in outer space.
One of the most curious and interesting things in terms of technology is that the Perseverance has a helicopter called Ingenuity governed by the open-source Linux operating system. The processor it uses is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, used a few years ago in the Samsung Galaxy S5.
These data lead us to think more carefully about what technology will be used on Mars shortly. Because it is not only the extraordinary breakthrough achieved in Perseverance. To this step taken by Nasa, we can add the achievement of Space X and the arrival of the Crew Dragon to the International Space Station in 2020.
The Crew Dragon and the fascinating technology that allows its communication
It is a fact that technology in the development of mobile equipment that allows taking pictures, videos and sending messages in real-time is at the forefront. But when traveling into space and transmitting from there, the obstacle is no longer the device but the connection.
Communication with the Crew Dragon has used the same TCP/IP protocols as on Earth regarding data transmission with the ISS. But when it comes to connecting with vehicles miles away, Nasa developed a DTN communications protocol that fits these new conditions. The streaming is based on two types of communication to obtain the signals coming from the ground: the S-Band (for telemetry and audio) and the Ku-Band (for data and videos).
Today's technology at the service of the future
Undoubtedly, the development of technology is going beyond the barrier of time in terms of its applications. In this new path of space exploration, new programming languages have made a difference. The possibility of generating maps with total accuracy through technologies such as Google Maps, virtual reality, robotics, and Artificial Intelligence has made it possible to elaborate on possible scenarios and experiment on the ground before embarking on the journey.
And it doesn’t stop. Just one look at Elon Musk, Space X, and his project to send crewed spacecraft to Mars in 2026 makes us meditate on all that is yet to happen. With that in mind, Hypernova Labs does not hold back to innovation because, wherever mangoes and decides to grow, technology will be vital to create the necessary solutions for day-to-day life.
Will fintech reach Mars, for example? It is possible because the exchange of resources is inherent to human life, so our solutions aim to grow to fill the necessary spaces, wherever they are. Hypernova Labs never stops dreaming and creating because only those who desire first can build the future. You are just a click away from being part of the future. We are waiting for you.