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#1 2018-05-17 01:39:44

jburk
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From: Seattle, WA
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MarsVR - A Virtual Reality Environment To Support Mars Exploration

The Mars Society is building a new open-source Virtual Reality platform — we call it “MarsVR” — that can be used for serious research towards the goal of sending humans to Mars.

The MarsVR Program will be a multi-phase effort designed to pioneer the emerging field of CrowdExploration, which we define as the partnership between the first astronauts on Mars and the VR experts and enthusiasts back on Earth. We aim to establish the capability of using Virtual Reality to assist with the initial human exploration of landing sites.

Phase I of the Mars VR Program will focus on designing training simulations for use at the Mars Desert Research Station, providing direct assistance in the training of MDRS crew members. We will also open-source the key elements of the platform so that the general public can freely make use of it to experience the exploration of Mars.

I want to re-emphasize that -- EVERYTHING WILL BE OPEN SOURCED.  The only thing that won't will be the MDRS training content which we will be selling on Steam as a fundraising mechanism.  Everything else -- the Unity project, the terrain assets, the 3-D models, and all documentation & training for the same, will be FREE AND OPEN SOURCE.  We intend for this to be a serious research tool, public outreach tool, and STEM education tool.

Please support our Kickstarter and share this project with your friends & colleagues.  Please like/share/comment on Social Media.

Kickstarter Page: http://bit.ly/MarsVR1

MarsVR Program Website: http://marsvr.io

Kickstarter Video: https://youtu.be/p4gObBBTzR4

Other videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P … 4X9dnwEFs-


James Burk | Webmaster & IT Director | The Mars Society
jburk@marssociety.org  |  +1 (206) 601-7143

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