The EU Cross Drive project is utilising our connective immersive VR facilities to bring together Europe’s space scientists in a virtual Mars, where they can run and experience their simulations in one virtual place.
This project aims to provide a collaborative Virtual/Mixed Reality platform for scientists and engineers involved in planetary science, ranging from geologic and atmospheric studies to rover operation and mission planning. Mars exploration missions have produced huge data sets of potentially immense value for research as well as for planning and operating future missions. However, current expert teams, data and tools are fragmented, leaving little scope for unlocking this value through collaborative activities. The main challenge is therefore to provide new methods and systems for collaborative scientific visualisation and data analysis, space mission planning and operation.
The Octave is connected to other facilities across Europe where scientists can collaborate in a shared virtual environment, whereby the facility is used to visualize the datasets in a more natural way and to ‘teleport’ the scientists to the surface of Mars using telepresence capabilities.
Crossdrive project was funded by the European Commission and involved the following partners and researchers
Andreas Gerndt (Coordinator)
Arturo S. García
Ann Carine Vandaele