High-resolution elevation data facilitates simulations for lunar surface exploration and training missions
Enabling researchers and astronauts to plan and execute emergency situations on Earth to prepare for landing on the Moon
DENVER – Intermap Technologies (TSX: IMP; OTCQB: ITMSF) (“Intermap” or the “Company”), a global leader in 3D geospatial products and intelligence solutions, today announced it was contracted to provide its high-resolution NEXTMap® elevation data and precision radar imagery to support the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA’s Artemis III simulations and training exercises in the Arizona desert.
Intermap’s data is being leveraged by the Joint Extra Vehicular Activity Test Team (JETT), a specialized group that develops, integrates and executes tests and analog missions. The JETT is part of NASA’s Artemis III mission, which intends to land a human crew near the lunar South Pole in 2025. Test missions are taking place in the Arizona desert, which has characteristics that are analogous to a lunar environment. This includes challenging, rugged terrain, unique geology, and minimal communications infrastructure, all of which astronauts will experience near the lunar South Pole during the Artemis missions. Intermap’s NEXTMap digital elevation models and radar imagery provide accurate 3D information covering the Arizona JETT exercise area, allowing USGS and NASA to plan and execute tests to evaluate designs for Extra Vehicular Activities (EVAs) such as suits and tools, address gaps and risks for lunar surface operations, and develop capabilities for EVA and scientific tasks.
The JETT is conducting a series of fully integrated, mission-scale exercises to ensure successful lunar surface operations and technology development for the Artemis III mission. Studies for the Artemis III mission include field hardware preparation, testing in lunar-like terrain and a fully integrated simulation consisting of EVAs, scientific evaluations, and flight control teams at the Johnson Space Center. These studies will provide crucial data and insight as teams conduct operations in a simulated lunar environment to practice for the lunar mission in 2025. Elevation data is critical for training missions on Earth to prepare for space missions.
“Intermap’s sensed elevation data, accurate processing and seamless mosaic digital elevation models provide USGS and NASA with key information that extrapolated synthetic data cannot provide when creating digital terrain twins for scientific and military applications,” said Patrick A. Blott, Intermap Chairman and CEO. “Our data enables the JETT to plan and execute operational exercises that simulate moonwalking missions in an environment similar to the lunar South Pole. We are proud to support USGS and NASA’s efforts to prepare Artemis astronauts for a safe and successful journey to the surface of the Moon.”
Intermap’s data over a test area in Arizona depicting an environment similar to the Moon
The Artemis III mission is planned to be the first crewed lunar landing of the Artemis program, and the first crewed lunar landing since Apollo 17 in December 1972. During Artemis III, two astronauts will descend to the lunar South Pole on the Human Landing System and will spend 6.5 days on the lunar surface, performing at least two moonwalks.
To learn more about the Artemis III mission, visit nasa.gov/feature/artemis-iii.
To learn more about Intermap’s airborne IFSAR elevation and imagery remote sensing capabilities, visit https://www.intermap.com/collection.
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Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Intermap (TSX: IMP; OTCQB: ITMSF) is a global leader in geospatial intelligence solutions, focusing on the creation and analysis of 3D terrain data to produce high-resolution thematic models. Through scientific analysis of geospatial information and patented sensors and processing technology, the Company provisions diverse, complementary, multi-source datasets to enable customers to seamlessly integrate geospatial intelligence into their workflows. Intermap’s 3D elevation data and software analytic capabilities enable global geospatial analysis through artificial intelligence and machine learning, providing customers with critical information to understand their terrain environment. By leveraging its proprietary archive of the world’s largest collection of multi-sensor global elevation data, the Company’s collection and processing capabilities provide multi-source 3D datasets and analytics at mission speed, enabling governments and companies to build and integrate geospatial foundation data with actionable insights. Applications for Intermap’s products and solutions include defense, aviation and UAV flight planning, flood and wildfire insurance, disaster mitigation, base mapping, environmental and renewable energy planning, telecommunications, engineering, critical infrastructure monitoring, hydrology, land management, oil and gas and transportation.