Spiri and Astronaut Training

In a break from our usual posts about manufacturing and technical progress, we want to share these pictures of Spiri on a unique mission.

Last week, the European Space Agency welcomed a team from the MIST lab at the Polytechnique de Montréal to the island of Lanzarote in the Canaries. With them came a flock of Spiris that the MIST team, with Pleiades support, have been training to organize into autonomous formations. The drones, once airborne, require no human control to arrange themselves, and no ground- or satellite-based infrastructure to communicate. The successful mission is the culmination of more than three years of collaboration between the MIST team, led by Prof. Giovanni Beltrame, and Pleiades.

  Beautiful weather for flight. Photo courtesy of the ESA.

Beautiful weather for flight. Photo courtesy of the ESA.

  Autonomous flock. Photo courtesy of the ESA.

Autonomous flock. Photo courtesy of the ESA.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has set its sights on the moon and Mars. Images are courtesy of the ESA. For more information, check out these links:

We wish our American friends and supporters a very happy Thanksgiving. We have a great deal to be thankful for, and above all the support of everyone who has taken a stake in our company and stood by us. To Mars and beyond!

Caroline Glass