NASA goes to Saturn's moon Titan, and the space agency uses Augmented Reality to accomplish that.
John Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) team has been working on developing its robot for years The probe mission for Titan has been approved and a few days ago the mission finally got the green light.
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You say you've never heard of Titan? You say you do not know why that's important? Well, here are a few things you should know. First, Titan, which is 50% wider than our Moon, is one of the main candidates for a possible life in our solar system. So it's a pretty big deal here on earth.
It is also the only moon in our solar system with a substantial atmosphere and rivers, lakes and seas on its surface. The atmosphere is cold (because of the great distance from the sun) and contains no carbon dioxide. However, there is hope that under the Titan lakes with liquid methane life exists in any form.
The rotorcraft that goes to Titan is called Dragonfly. To plan and prepare the mission, the APL team created AR and VR simulations to manipulate the robotic drone in situations similar to those found on Titan's surface. The surface of Titan is like the previous work of the Huygens -Probe. This probe was developed by the European Space Agency and delivered to Titan in 2005 by NASA's Cassini Orbiter to collect scientific and photographic data.
Regarding the Dragonfly mission, a new video from the APL team unveiled that one Most of the AR simulation work is done through Microsoft HoloLens 1.
In fact, this is the team They not only use the HoloLens to perform pre-mission simulations, but also plan to use them when Dragonfly reaches Titan to plan various initiatives on the lunar surface.
Like Saturn, Titan needs about 29 Earth-years to orbit the Sun, and its seasons take about seven Earth-years. Along with the mission's overall scientific mission, Dragonfly's presence on the moon (supported by dual-surface quad-rotor rotors) provides unprecedented insight into a unique environment in our solar system.
The only drawback The mission looks like Team Titan is currently coming closest to using the virtual missions that HoloLens allows.
The actual launch of the Dragonfly mission by NASA will not take place until 2025, and the Dragonfly dual quadcopter will reach Titan's surface only in 2034.