As with satellites and planetary rovers, the developments of instruments capable of observation, sampling or telecommunications will become its own field and drive the possible applications.
Relevant EPFL laboratories
AQUA – Advanced Quantum Architecture Laboratory (Edoardo Charbon)
Single Photon Avalanche Detector (SPAD) for direct Time-Of-Flight FLASH LIDAR.
LCAV – Audiovisual Communications Laboratory (Martin Vetterli)
Acoustic echo-based SLAM.
TOPO – Geodetic Engineering Laboratory (Bertrand Merminod and Jan Skaloud)
Navigation of UAVs in GNSS-denied environments, using Dynamic Model-Based Navigation.