Mars 500 Project
Continued exploration of our solar system is central¬†to the advancement of mankind, but manned flights¬†beyond Earth‚Äôs orbit continue to prove difficult.¬†The Mars500 project is a $15 million joint¬†experiment run by the European Space Agency¬†(ESA), Russia, and China, to study and bring¬†feasible solutions to the complex psychological¬†and technical challenges for long spaceflights,¬†beginning with the journey to Mars. Running¬†for more than eight months at the Institute of¬†Biomedical Problems in Moscow, the Mars500¬†Project is a study that facilitates the basis¬†for possible countermeasures to resolve the¬†unfavorable effects that may occur during a¬†mission of this depth. Daily aspects of crew¬†life, operational capabilities, and research can be¬†accomplished with prior study and familiarity of all¬†the facets of this mission.
The operation of the manned Martian rover¬†was one essential aspect of this study in¬†which researchers can observe the reactions¬†of crew members to each task in an unfamiliar¬†environment and predict the potential¬†hindrances in the mission.
Increasing the level of photo realism in the¬†simulated visual graphics displays enhanced¬†research findings. GL Studio empowered the¬†design and control¬†for the manned¬†transportation rover¬†simulation, creating the¬†rover‚Äôs sophisticated¬†graphical cockpits¬†accurately depicting¬†the complex behaviors¬†that drive the Martian¬†terrain vehicle.
GL Studio enabled the¬†teams at JC Group Ltd¬†and Information Meta¬†Systems Company¬†(IMS) to create high¬†fidelity replications¬†of the actual rover¬†cockpit and controls,¬†offering the pioneer¬†space crew a realistic¬†experience for their¬†journey across the uncertain Martian terrain.¬†With these virtual representations, the space¬†crew easily prepares for potential unfavorable¬†scenarios, gain situational awareness of the¬†rover cockpit, and complete vital exploration¬†procedures of the mysterious ‚Äúred‚ÄĚ planet. GL¬†Studio allowed engineers to rapidly generate¬†these essential graphical user interfaces without¬†losing the critical instrumentation cues necessary¬†to produce the best possible training throughput¬†results.