Mars planetary exploration training demo focuses workshop discussions
Blue Abyss presented its vision for the future of deep-sea and space training and space preparation activities using technology-based simulation, in a workshop attended by senior representatives from organisations such as the UK Space Agency, European Space Agency (ESA), Imperial College London, Cranfield University, Birmingham University, National Oceanography Centre and Central Bedfordshire Council.
In the workshop, John Vickers and Professor Simon Evetts presented our ambitions to facilitate robotic and human deep-sea and space R&D, training and testing and highlighted the collaboration that could exist between participants in the subsea and space environment sectors.
Participants from the different disciplines were able to identify common fields of endeavour that might enable them to forge vital connections with each other through Blue Abyss. The workshop also fostered a greater understanding about the intentions and capabilities of Blue Abyss.
Mars planetary exploration training demo
To illustrate the technology-based simulation possibilities that could enhance Blue Abyss’ training capabilities, the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) team from the University of Birmingham presented a Mars exploration demo using virtual reality.
The demo featured a conceptual scenario based on deploying manned and semi-autonomous systems to support early surface surveys on Mars. As well as various planetary installations and surface experiments, it included a heads-up (EVA helmet-projected) display that simulated the transmission of “live” imagery from an unmanned aerial vehicle whilst in flight, and the return of the “astronaut” to a rover vehicle to escape an incoming dust storm.
Led by Professor Bob Stone, the HIT team will collaborate with Blue Abyss in three key areas with the use of virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies:
- Astronaut and diver training and advanced interactive visualisation
- Education and STEM-topic learning from school to university
- Unique and innovative undergraduate and postgraduate student projects
We continue to engage and evolve through collaborations to ensure that Blue Abyss remains relevant and leads in the field of human spaceflight and marine training and research.
More about the University of Birmingham’s HIT Team
The University of Birmingham’s HIT Team has been pioneering the development, evaluation and uptake of Virtual Reality and telepresence/telerobotic technologies since its launch in 2003, building on Professor Stone’s 30 years of experience in simulation, robotics and Human Factors R&D for applications in aerospace, defence and healthcare.
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