AR/VR for Space Programmes 2023

Newton Conference Area (ESA/ESTEC)

Newton Conference Area


Keplerlaan 1 2201 AZ Noordwijk Zh The Netherlands

In recent years, developments in Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies have evolved significantly. In addition, Mixed Reality (MR) solutions have appeared, combining the strengths of both AR and VR. This has led to the overarching term Extended Reality (XR), capturing all combinations of real-world augmentations and virtual-world representations.

Advances in XR technologies have been driven by the computing industry in general and the gaming industry in particular. Applications of XR technologies have been identified in many engineering domains.  In the realm of space exploration, XR technologies have been studied, and various use cases haven been identified across different application domains. At present, XR is already being successfully utilized in several areas, while ongoing efforts continue to enhance the technology for practical implementation in other domains.

The objective of this workshop is to provide a platform for experts involved in the XR technology in the different space application domains, in order to exchange ideas, know-how and achievements. In addition, the workshop will provide a forum where the developers of software tools, hardware devices and complete XR-based solutions can connect with the potential users of the technology, for example with industry involved in the design, manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing of space systems, or with organisations in charge of the operation and exploitation of space missions.

The workshop will be organised jointly by ESA/ESTEC and SCN Avatar, as a two-day event, taking place on 11th and 12th December 2023 at ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Presentations, interactive sessions and live demonstrations are planned, with an opportunity for open discussions. The workshop style will be informal, based on presentations, posters and demonstrations, with no requirement for the submission of complete papers. An exhibition area will be available in close proximity of the workshop area, for demonstration of software tools and hardware devices.

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  • Monday, December 11
  • Tuesday, December 12
    • 9:00 AM 11:00 AM
      AIT & OPS
      • 9:00 AM
        Digitalisation of Procedure and Introduction of Augmented Reality 30m
        Speaker: Kaj Helin (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd)
      • 9:30 AM
        Augmented Reality AIT/AIV Support 30m
        Speaker: Udo Corleis (Radius Media)
      • 10:00 AM
        ICARUS - Towards a VR-based training platform for Assembly, Integration and Testing 30m
        Speaker: Emiel den Exter (ATG Europe)
      • 10:30 AM
        AI-Aided-XR: AI aided Augmented/Virtual Reality applications and VR aided Machine Learning 30m
        Speaker: Steven Kay (GMV)
    • 11:00 AM 11:30 AM
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 11:30 AM 1:00 PM
      Authoring; UX/UI
      • 11:30 AM
        Sym4Sys, an agile MBSE process and tooling, to accelerate AR/VR scenarios preparation time 30m
        Speaker: Philippe Gicquel (CIL4Sys Engineering)
      • 12:00 PM
        Augmented and Virtual Reality for Spacecraft Operations, Ground Station and Telescope Maintenance at ESOC 30m
        Speaker: Ruediger Gad (Terma GmbH)
      • 12:30 PM
        Preliminary Investigation of Alternative Reality Environments for Accessibility Testing in Spacecraft Design 30m
        Speaker: Antonia Sattler (Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt)
    • 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
      Lunch Break 1h
    • 2:00 PM 3:30 PM
      Concurrent Engineering
      • 2:00 PM
        Augmented Reality for Concurrent Engineering (ARCE) 30m
        Speaker: Inês Cadilha (LusoSpace)
      • 2:30 PM
        IBIS : An Interactive Virtual Assistant for System Engineers 30m
        Speaker: Sangeet Saagar Ponnusamy (Airbus Central R&T)
      • 3:00 PM
        Using Augmented Reality for Collaborative Concurrent Engineering 30m
        Speaker: Anna Bahnmüller (DLR)
    • 3:30 PM 4:00 PM
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 4:00 PM 5:00 PM
      Interactive Session - Making AR/VR a Reality in Space Missions 1h
    • 5:00 PM 5:30 PM
      Conclusions + Adjourn 30m