IIT Madras collaborates with ISRO to create an astronaut training module

IIT Madras collaborates with ISRO

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced their collaboration today, in order to create a training module for the Indian Spaceflight Program.

In order to collaborate on the use of Extended Reality (XR) and other technologies in the Indian Human Spaceflight Programme, ISRO and IIT Madras signed a Memorandum of Understanding. This training module will be developed using Mixed Reality (MR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR).

To further research and development (R&D) in the area of extended reality, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will use the cutting-edge technologies developed at the Experiential Technology Innovation Centre (XTIC) at IIT Madras, in accordance with the collaboration’s standards.

The IIT Madras and ISRO collaboration will result in outreach initiatives, visualisation and optimization of design architecture, modelling and simulation of human physiology as well as space systems, and training of ISRO scientists in creating their own XR systems.

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“XR Technologies has the potential to add value in many aspects of human spaceflight program specifically in shortening the design cycle and simulating the space environment. We will start with developing models of physiological systems as well as design optimization studies. IIT Madras ecosystem is conducive not-only for research, but also for development with our industrial consortium”, stated Professor M. Manivannan, Principle Investigator, XTIC-IIT Madras.