By Morning Picker
NASA is developing a new precision landing system called Safe and Precise Landing – Integrated Capabilities Evolution (SPLICE), and it’s getting ready to test several of its core technologies with the help of a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. The problem with landing spacecraft on distant celestial objects is that, well, they’re distant. That’
s why SPLICE is designed to be fully autonomous with terrain relative navigation, Doppler lidar, hazard detection lidar, and a powerful landing computer. NASA hopes to build SPLICE into future robotic and crewed missions, but first, it has to test the technology. SPLICE has the ability to make the spacecraft land where we couldn’t land before.