Applications and benefits of AR for training and maintenance of a human settlement on Mars

By Cristina V. Reynel - Crew Executive Officer

Given my experience with AR (Augmented Reality) simulation for training and complex maintenance. I’d like to study all possible applications that this technology could have in our everyday tasks as well as in any maintenance required. AR could be used as an aid for visualisation of results in inspection and to guide repair activities. This includes any geometrical check, external or internal defect monitoring or non-destructive techniques can be utilised such as visual inspection, ultrasonic testing, X-ray testing or thermography. Another area of interest could be to use AR to help in an inspection or repair from a remote location, in this case on Earth. In this case, an expert would be connected remotely to the AR device use on Mars and could guide with 3D visual features.

Moreover, AR is used in many new applications for training. This could be another area to address. The tool developed could help people on Mars but also could be very useful for training new members before the mission. The aim would be to identify areas where this technology could be beneficial, for that I will record every task performed. I will classify them as repetitive or isolated and degree of difficulty. Then I will assess the possible benefits of AR as a reduction in time or difficulty. The next steps after this research would be, firstly, to design the structure of an AR tool that could address the areas found. And finally, to develop a prototype for one of the identified applications in order to test its benefits.