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Collaborative Rover Operations and Planetary Science Analysis System based on Distributed Remote and Interactive Virtual Environments

Objective

CROSS DRIVE targets on creating the foundations for collaborative distributed virtual workspaces for European space science. Space exploration missions have produced huge data sets of potentially immense value for research as well as planning and operating future missions. However, currently expert teams, data and tools are fragmented, leaving little scope for unlocking this value through collaborative activities.

The question of how to improve data analysis and exploitation of space-based observations can be answered by providing and standardizing new methods and systems for collaborative scientific visualisation and data analysis, and space mission planning and operation. This will not only allow scientist to work together, with each other's data and tools, but importantly to do so between missions. The consortium brings together unprecedented expertise from space science, scientific visualisation, virtual reality and collaborative systems. The proposed collaborative workspace encompasses various advanced technological solutions to coordinate central storage, processing and 3D visualization strategies in collaborative immersive virtual environments, to support space data analysis.

A specific focus is given to the preparation of the ExoMars 2016 TGO and 2018 rover missions. Three case studies will demonstrate the utility of the workspaces for European space science: Mars atmospheric data analysis, rovers landing site characterization and rover target selection during its real-time operations. The use cases will exploit state-of-the-art science data sets and they will be constructed in view of the ESA ExoMars missions’ scenarios. Impact on beneficiaries will be maximised both through providing an expandable backbone and reusable standardisation and tools, and three levels of workspace for: scientists directly engaged; other external scientists; and the public.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/space exploration
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 890 486
Administrative Contact
Uliana Eckler (Ms)

Participants (6)

THE UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 406 160
Address
The Crescent 43
M5 4WT Salford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Linda Kelly (Mrs)
AEROSPACE LOGISTICS TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING COMPANY SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 292 422
Address
Corso Marche 79
10146 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ivano Musso (Dr)
THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 271 499
Address
Via Saccomuro 24
00131 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gaia Enrico (Mr)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 261 420
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pietro Ubertini (Dr)
INSTITUT ROYAL D'AERONOMIE SPATIALEDE BELGIQUE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 307 000
Address
Avenue Circulaire 3
1180 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ann Carine Vandaele (Dr)
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION TOHOKU UNIVERSITY
Japan
EU contribution
€ 64 440
Address
1-1 Katahira, 2 Chome, Aoba-ku
980 8577 Sendai
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Matsumoto Keigo