Published: 23 March 2016

Virtual Engineering Centre hosts NASA student challenge

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Students from the University’s School of Engineering are participating in the NASA SEE (Simulation Exploration Experience) challenge this week.

SEE is an opportunity for students to take part in a NASA-led simulated lunar mission using distributed network simulation.

The Liverpool team, consisting of staff and students, is one of several university teams from all over the world who are working in conjunction with each other, industry partners and NASA to design, develop, test and execute a simulated lunar mission.

This year, the Liverpool team is joining the event with several federates, which include simulating an autonomous subterranean explorer and a manned lunar rover which will be controlled from the Flight Simulation group’s six-axis motion platform.

The University’s Virtual Engineering Centre is hosting some of the participating teams (Facens University Brazil and Brunel University) for two days of testing network connections and practice runs for the SEE event, culminating in the final simulation mission which takes place at 4pm on Wednesday, 23rd March 2016.

Dr Neil Cameron, Research Team Leader with the VEC, said:  “This challenge, led by NASA, champions collaborative university-level modelling and simulation by providing a venue for students to work in highly dispersed inter-university teams to design, develop, test, and execute a simulated lunar mission”.

“It offers students a wonderful first-hand experience, knowledge and skills of working with NASA, industry partners and academic advisors.

“This is an annual challenge and anyone (staff or student) from the University who is interested in being part of next year’s SEE should come along to the final event on Wednesday or get in touch with me.”

Staff and students are welcome to visit the VEC in the Harrison Hughes Building to find out more about what is going on, and to watch the final event at 4pm on Wednesday, 23rd March 2016.

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