NASA JPL - THE FUTURE OF VR AND AR IN SPACE EXPLORATION

Feb 10th, 2017

Virtual and augmented reality promise to transport us to places that we can only imagine. When joined with spacecraft and robots, these technologies will extend humanity's presence to real destinations that are equally fantastic. NASA's Operations Laboratory at JPL is spearheading several ambitious projects applying virtual and augmented reality to the challenges of space exploration. Through partnerships with multiple VR and AR companies, scientists on the Curiosity Mars Rover mission are exploring the Martian terrain, engineers are experimenting with new ways to control the Robonaut humanoid, and astronauts on the International Space Station are preparing to perform their work more efficiently than ever before. The lead of these projects at NASA will share their progress so far, the challenges that lie ahead, and their vision for the future of VR and AR in space exploration.

Working with other NASA centers and industry partners, Victor is exploring new immersive visualization technologies for use in Mars operations, ISS astronaut crew augmentation, and spacecraft design. Mr. Luo is also engaged in the development of natural user interface technologies for commanding robot navigation and dexterous manipulation. Past experiences include planning & commanding of Mars spacecraft, operations of fractionated spacecraft, and 3D visualization of Mars terrain and rover telemetry.



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