VR & Space
By Mike Thacker-Cooke
23rd February 2018

VR has the potential to change the way we view the world; many businesses are starting to incorporate into they way they train staff. And one company currently doing this is NASA.

Last year during a conference NASA announced they are using virtual reality to help development and training of astronauts 

Training

The VR NASA uses plays an important part in their training, by using this technology they are able to play out real situations the astronauts may face, such as spacewalks or fixing parts on the space starting, while still on the ground. This can allow their trainee astronauts to get used to space situations and they can learn how to use the tools available before actually stepping foot in space.

NASA are also using this technology, along with others to replicate the gravity (or lack of) in space so the astronauts can get used to it and can “practice taking measurements on Mars in their spacesuits”.

Data Visualisation

Another way NASA are using VR is with data visualisation to help drive the rover. By using the VR lens, OnSight, researchers can manipulate the rover based on the visuals of a 3D landscape rather than 2D. As the VR is in 3D the researchers can spot obstacles and choose the best path for the rover to take.

And it’s not just the astronauts and researchers at NASA that are benefiting from this technology, visitors to the Kennedy Space Center can also use this VR to have a virtual tour of Mars.

Visitors

As well as being able to view Mars through VR, NASA are creating a way for the public to recreate their own mission to space. As the lead producer of the project, named Mars 2030 says, “the goal here is to create an experience that everybody can have, and go to Mars and be an astronaut and go on missions that unlock what Mars is”. Their aim is to make this available on VR devices the public already have access to, such as the Oculus Rift.

These are just few ways virtual reality is helping NASA, not just train astronauts but engage the public. There are multiple ways VR can be used not just in big businesses but across the world. I’m excited to see how this technology continues to develop and become a part of our lives.

How else do you think VR can help in space exploration? Do you currently use VR for training purposes? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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