Safe and Precise Landing – Integrated Capabilities Evolution (SPLICE)

The navigation doppler lidar transmits laser beams, which bounce off the surface and back to the instrument. (Credits: NASA)

NASA Fact Sheet

What is SPLICE?

NASA is developing advanced precision landing technologies for robotic science and human exploration missions to the Moon, Mars, icy bodies, and other terrestrial destinations.

A new suite of lunar landing technologies, called Safe and Precise Landing – Integrated Capabilities Evolution (SPLICE), will enable safer and more accurate lunar landings than ever before. Future Moon missions could use SPLICE’s advanced algorithms and sensors to target landing sites that weren’t possible during the Apollo missionssuch as regions with hazardous boulders and nearby shadowed craters. SPLICE technologies could also help land humans on Mars.

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