The recent Mars Perseverance Landing by NASA  overcame many of the same challenges, for similar reasons that directional drillers face when landing or Geosteering oil & gas wells

  • Mars landers are steered for hazard avoidance , Drillers steer to find payzones
  • Both have ellipse of uncertainty reasons for requiring Geosteering/Geohazard avoidance
  • Similar technology enablers are allowing large achievements of both Deep Space Landings and Wellbore placements
    • Improvements in Computing Power – speed- memory
    • Improvements in Sensor resolution and robustness
    • Improvements in automated algorithms
  • Slow real time data resolution (data comms rate) makes Automation Necessary, and limits timely human intervention
  • Both solutions rely on fast acquisition sensor data, gathered in a highly dynamic environment
  • Modern GPS technology is not available for solving either challenge
  • NASA used a process they call “Terrain Relative Navigation” to make the final decent to Mars with Perseverance, Geosteering is a similar process used to place horizontal wells.

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