Planetary Defense Mission to Test Autonomous Space Travel

When the ESA launches its HERA mission in 2023, it’s going to have a lot of work to do. Not only will the craft be investigating several asteroids and determining the best method for deflecting one if it were careening toward Earth—none of the asteroids under investigation are careening toward Earth—the mission will also test if autonomous flight can be built into a spacecraft.
“If you think self-driving cars are the future on Earth, then Hera is the pioneer of autonomy …

Planetary Defense Mission to Test Autonomous Space Travel

When the ESA launches its HERA mission in 2023, it’s going to have a lot of work to do. Not only will the craft be investigating several asteroids and determining the best method for deflecting one if it were careening toward Earth—none of the asteroids under investigation are careening toward Earth—the mission will also test if autonomous flight can be built into a spacecraft. “If you think self-driving cars are the future on Earth, then Hera is the pioneer of autonomy ...