The European MaRs Analogue Station for Advanced Technologies Integration (ERAS) is a program spearheaded by the Italian Mars Society (IMS) which main goal is to provide an effective test bed for field operation studies in preparation for manned missions to Mars. Preliminarily to its construction, IMS has started the development of an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) simulation of the ERAS Station (V-ERAS).
The ERAS habitat existing design has been ported to Blender and included into the V-ERAS simulations. After the V-ERAS-14 Mission feedback a more refined design is being developed.
Preliminary tests were made on a Motivity omnidirectional treadmill (MotiGravity) modified to simulate Martian gravity via counterweights and harness. Design tuning is currently underway.
A Martian All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) design is being carried out starting from a basic vehicle drivable on earth gravity as a Virtual Reality based design exercise.
The structure of ERAS project
ERAS WORK PACKAGES
|1||Project Management||2||Mars Enviroment Simulation||3||Virtual Habitat Design and Simulation||4||Habitat Struct Constr & Assembly||5||Crew Accommodation (ECLSS)||6||Command Control and Communication (C3) System||7||Electric Power System||8||Astrobiology Laboratory||9||Human Factors||10||Dissemination & Exploitation|
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