Collaborative virtual reality platform for visualizing space data and mission planning

Garcia, A, Fernando, TP ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5321-9071, Roberts, DJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9257-433X, Bar, C, Cencetti, M, Engelke, W and Gerndt, A 2019, 'Collaborative virtual reality platform for visualizing space data and mission planning' , Multimedia Tools and Applications .

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Abstract

This paper presents the system architecture of a collaborative virtual environment in which distributed multidisciplinary teams involved in space exploration activities come together and explore areas of scientific interest of a planet for future missions. The aim is to reduce the current challenges of distributed scientific and engineering meetings that prevent the exploitation of their collaborative potential, as, at present, expertise, tools and datasets are fragmented. This paper investigates the functional characteristics of a software framework that addresses these challenges following the design science research methodology in the context of the space industry and research. An implementation of the proposed architecture and a validation process with end users, based on the execution of different use cases, are described. These use cases cover relevant aspects of real science analysis and operation, including planetary data visualization, as the system aims at being used in future European missions. This validation suggests that the system has the potential to enhance the way space scientists will conduct space science research in the future.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Journal or Publication Title: Multimedia Tools and Applications
Publisher: Springer US
ISSN: 1380-7501
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Funders: European Union Seventh Framework Programme
Depositing User: TP Fernando
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2019 15:04
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 15:15
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/52579

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