NASA is offering $ 70,000 as a prize for the best design for a Martian metaverse

NASA is offering $ 70,000 (£ 56,000) in prize money to developers who can design the best Martian metaverses to help train astronauts.

The US space agency has launched an appeal for “a new virtual reality research, development and testing environment to help prepare for the experiences and situations that will be encountered on Mars. ‘

“The goal is to create an immersive, immersive and realistic experience,” added NASA.

Officials teamed up with virtual reality simulation developer Buendea and Fortnite producer Epic Games for the scheme.

NASA offers $ 70,000 (£ 56,000) in prize money to developers who can design the best Martian metaverses to help train astronauts

What does the system already have?

The MarsXR engine currently includes:

  • Full Martian days, with the orange hues of the day changing to blue at night.
  • Realistic weather conditions and Martian gravity.
  • 400 km2 (about 154 miles2) of realistic and sought-after terrain on Mars.
  • Some existing assets, such as suits and rovers.

Both companies have already partially completed a virtual version of Mars.

The virtual world of the “operations support system” was developed on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5, a platform used by companies to host interactive experiences and virtual reality environments.

So far the program has realistic conditions for gravity, weather and the 154 square miles of land on the Red Planet.

It even has full Martian days, complete with “the orange shades of the day turning to blue at night”.

Developers were asked to submit projects in five categories: scientific research, exploration, field construction, maintenance, and “wow our minds”.

The overall winner of each category will win $ 6,000 (£ 4,800), with the entire $ 70,000 pot split across 20 individual prizes.

The contest ends on July 26th.

“We are looking for developers to create a new virtual reality (XR) research, development and testing environment to help prepare for the experiences and situations encountered on Mars,” the organizers said.

Developers were asked to submit projects in five categories: scientific research, exploration, field construction, maintenance and

Developers were asked to submit projects in five categories: scientific research, exploration, field construction, maintenance, and “wow our minds”

“If this sounds intriguing and exciting to you, then join the NASA MarsXR Challenge today!”

They added, “On behalf of NASA, Buendea and Epic Games, this challenge is seeking developers to create new assets and scenarios for the new Mars XR Operations Support System (XOSS) environment, using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5.”

The Martian metaverse could prove useful for training astronauts for missions to Mars, which may not be far off.

NASA has previously said it plans to send a manned mission to Mars in the 1930s after the first moon landing.

In May 2017, Greg Williams, associate deputy administrator for policies and plans NASAoutlined the space agency’s four-step plan that it hopes will allow humans to visit Mars someday, as well as its intended timeframe.

Phase one and two it will involve multiple trips into lunar space, to allow for the construction of a habitat that will provide a staging area for the journey.

The last piece of hardware delivered would be the actual deep space transport vehicle that would later be used to transport a crew to Mars.

And in 2027, a one-year simulation of life on Mars will be conducted.

Phases three and four will begin after 2030 and will involve sustained crew expeditions to the Martian system and the surface of Mars.

NASA plans to send a manned mission to Mars in the 1930s after the first moon landing

Mars has become the next giant step in humanity’s space exploration.

But before humans reach the red planet, astronauts will take a series of baby steps returning to the moon for a one-year mission.

The details of a lunar orbit mission were revealed as part of a timeline of events that led to missions to Mars in the 1930s.

NASA has outlined its four-step plan (pictured) that it hopes will one day allow humans to visit Mars at the Humans to Mars Summit held in Washington DC yesterday. This will result in more missions to the moon over the next few decades

NASA has outlined its four-step plan (pictured) that it hopes will one day allow humans to visit Mars at the Humans to Mars Summit held in Washington DC yesterday. This will result in more missions to the moon over the next few decades

In May 2017, Greg Williams, associate deputy administrator for policies and plans NASAoutlined the space agency’s four-step plan that it hopes will allow humans to visit Mars someday, as well as its intended timeframe.

Phase one and two it will involve multiple trips into lunar space, to allow for the construction of a habitat that will provide a staging area for the journey.

The last piece of hardware delivered would be the actual deep space transport vehicle that would later be used to transport a crew to Mars.

And in 2027, a one-year simulation of life on Mars will be conducted.

Phases three and four will begin after 2030 and will involve sustained crew expeditions to the Martian system and the surface of Mars.