Cross Drive

EU FP7 CROSSDRIVE PROJECT 2013/16

CROSS DRIVE targets on creating the foundations for collaborative distributed virtual workspaces for European space science. Space exploration missions have produced huge data sets of potentially immense value for research as well as planning and operating future missions. However, currently expert teams, data and tools are fragmented, leaving little scope for unlocking this value through collaborative activities. The question of how to improve data analysis and exploitation of space-based observations can be answered by providing and standardizing new methods and systems for collaborative scientific visualisation and data analysis, and space mission planning and operation. This will not only allow scientist to work together, with each other’s data and tools, but importantly to do so between missions. The consortium brings together unprecedented expertise from space science, visualisation of space science and collaborative visualisation. The proposed collaborative workspace encompasses various advanced technological solutions to coordinate central storage, processing and 3D visualization strategies in collaborative immersive virtual environments for the data. A specific focus is given to the preparation of the ExoMars missions. Three case studies demonstrated the utility of the workspaces for European space science: Mars atmospheric data analysis, rovers landing site characterization and rover target selection during its real-time operations. The use cases will exploit state-of-the-art science data sets and they will be constructed in view of the ESA ExoMars missions’ scenarios. Impact on beneficiaries will be maximised both through providing an expandable backbone and reusable standardisation and tools, and three levels of workspace for: scientists directly engaged; other external scientists; and the public.

The CROSS DRIVE team aims to develop an innovative collaborative workspace infrastructure for space missions that will allow distributed scientific and engineering teams to collectively analyze and interpret scientific data as well as execute operations of planetary spacecraft. It aims to brings together and mobilize a core team of leading experts in Mars science, 3D visualization, distributed computing and virtual reality collaborative systems to prepare an innovative framework for building a collaborative workspace platform for data sharing, analysis and exploration. The system is based on technologies and techniques already studied in other industry fields but never applied to the space science domain with such strength. The development of this collaborative workspace infrastructure will be focused through preparation of the ExoMars 2016 TGO and 2018 rover missions. CROSS DRIVE aims to mobilize a team of best European expertise in the field of Mars science data collection and analysis to propose and study synergic combinations of data sets and their benchmarking. This also allows testing and exercising the proposed systems in view of the ExoMars rover and orbiter missions by using actual and state-of-the-art Mars science data (MEX and MRO primarily, other missions like Phoenix and MSL).

Final Workshop 29-30 November 2016 at ALTEC.

Consortium:

DLR DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT – UND RAUMFAHRT, Germany

THE UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD, United Kingdom

AEROSPACE LOGISTICS TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING COMPANY, Italy

THALES ALENIA SPACE ITALIA, Italy

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA, Italy

INSTITUT ROYAL D’AERONOMIE SPATIALE DE BELGIQUE, Belgium

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION TOHOKU UNIVERSITY, Japan