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DIGITAL Technologies for 3D visualization for Mars mission 2020

The 3D GIS MINERVA, which is developed by JR, VRVis and EOX for a collaborative, holistic planetary science data infrastructure, allows members of different instrument teams to cooperate synergistically in virtual workspaces by sharing observation information, analysing and annotating the data.

Gerhard Paar (JOANNEM RESEARCH DIGITAL Institute, MINERVA Project Lead) & Thomas Ortner (VRVis) in front of a 1:1 replicate of the ExoMars Rover Rosalind Franklin. Crédit: Thomas Ortner

Gerhard Paar from JOANNEUM RESEARCH Institute DIGITAL and Thomas Ortner from VRVis on 19.12.2019 demonstrated the results of the MINERVA project (www.minerva-space.at) at the ExoMars Science Working Team Conference at the ESA Space & Technology Centre ESTEC in Noordwijk / NL.

Thomas Ortner (VRVis) and Gerhard Paar (JOANNEM RESEARCH DIGITAL Institute, MINERVA Project Lead) demonstrate MINERVA during the ExoMars Science Working Team Conference on Dec 19th, 2019 at ESA/ESTEC. Crédit: Jean-Luc Josset

The ExoMars Rover “Rosalind Franklin” will land on Mars in spring 2021. JOANNEUM RESEARCH - DIGITAL and VRVis are developing the 3D vision processing and visualization of the stereo camera instruments PanCam, NavCam and LocCam - supported by the Natural History Museum Vienna (Prof. Koeberl).

A Delegation of the ExoMars PanCam Team at the ExoMars Science Working Team Konferenz on December 19th, 2019 in ESTEC/ESA. Crédit: Thomas Ortner.

The technologies developed in the MINERVA project allow instrument data of planetary surfaces to be combined and three-dimensionally visualized. MINERVA, a cooperation between JOANNEUM RESEARCH, VRVis and EOX, used a combination of Big Data, visualization and 3D database technologies.