Winner of the ESA Space Solutions Prize
When the ExoMars Rover travels across Mars in 2021, its stereo cameras will capture images for the Planetary Robotics Vision Processing (PRoViP) framework by Joanneum Research to create multi-resolution structures and textures in various colours to form a virtual 3D representation of the observed surfaces. With those 3D Digital Outcrop Models being fed into the Planetary Robotics 3D Viewer (PRo3D) by VRVis for virtual exploration and visual analysis, planetologists will achieve a better understanding of the Martian environment and geology.
As successfully demonstrated, the same technology can benefit e.g. the fight against deadly landslides and rock falls on Earth, which are becoming more common due to extreme weather events caused by climate change.
Furthermore, geological modelling fosters the sustainability and safety of infrastructure projects such as tunnels under construction and land use planning by providing comprehensive visual information to geologists and decision-makers.
However, it could also be used to let people virtually experience and become educated about Mars, or even allow citizen scientists to help categorise alien landscapes and find ideal areas for future science outposts and In-Situ Resource Utilisation activities.
«When the ExoMars rover scouts the Red Planet, a sophisticated system will rely on stereo images to capture structures and textures in a range of colours, and create 3D maps of the surface.
Joanneum Research’s technology will enhance our understanding of Martian geology. Brimatech (ESA Technology Transfer Broker) facilitates the use of this technology to fight against deadly landslides and rock falls, an increasingly common event nowadays due to extreme weather. It will also let citizens virtually experience, explore and study the Martian landscapes.»
European Space Agency (ESA)