Planetary Atmospheres Group

2014 - 2016

This FP7 project is focused on the realization of innovative tools and techniques for the visualization and sharing of Mars data to strength collaborative science data analysis and real-time operations. A specific focus is given to the preparation of the Exomars 2016 and 2018 missions.

Objectives of the proposal are:

  • Mobilize the best expertise in the field of Mars science data collection and analysis to study and propose synergic combinations and benchmarking of selected data sets ;
  • Deploy a core team expert of 3D visualization, computing and virtual reality collaborative systems to prepare an innovative framework for data analysis and sharing ;
  • Test and exercise the proposed systems in view of the Exomars rover and orbiter missions by using actual data (MEX, MRO, MER and MSL).

The participants to this project are the Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft - und Raumfahrt EV (DLR), the University of Salford (USAL), the Advanced Logistics technology Engineering Center (ALTEC), Thales Alenia Space (TAS-I), the Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali (IAPS), the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (IASB-BIRA), the Tohoku University and the Johns Hopkins Unversity (JHUAPL).


Presentations and posters at EPSC

Oct 2015 - BISA scientists involved in the CrossDrive project presented their results at the EPSC conference held in Nantes (France) 27 sept. -2 oct. (2015).

  • ASIMUT on line radiative transfer code - A. C. Vandaele, L. Neary, S. Robert, V. Letocart, M. Giuranna, Y. Kasaba and the CROSS DRIVE Consortium Team
  • (oral) Collaborative Virtual Environments for Mars Science Analysis and Rover Target Planning - A. Gerndt, K. Gwinner, T. Fernando, D. Roberts, I. Musso, V. Basso, M. Giuranna, A. C. Vandaele, and Y. Kasaba

Kick-off meeting

23 January 2014 : The Kick-off meeting of the FP7 Cross-Drive was held at TAS-I (Thales Alenia Space-Italy) in Turin, Italy. We got the opportunity to meet all the partners in this new project and to visit the facilities of TAS-I as well as those of ALTEC, both partners in this new venture. We could see BepiColombo being tested in one of the clean rooms and the Martian terrain where rovers can learn how to drive on the Martian surface. Unfortunately no part of the ExoMars satellite was available for viewing!

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