The VR2Planets adventure starts at the ” Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique ” in France, at the Nantes University, by the will of two of their researchers in order to improve the scientific knowledge diffusion and, in particular, the retransmission of imagery data acquired by the space exploration probes.
The new technology of virtual reality offers a fantastic tool to work on the complex available data. Therefore, they could visualize in three dimensions the studied lands and cope with a higher data volume.
These technologies make possible a great improvement of analysis and understanding of the information which become the basis for a new exchange quality with their colleagues and the general public.
Award of the EUROPLANET 2016 prize : ” Public Engagement with Planetary Science “, remitted upon the DPS-EPSC International Congress in Pasadena, USA.
Supported by the large interest generated by their research, François Civet, at that time researcher in planetary electromagnetism at the CNRS (LPG – Nantes) creates VR2Planets in October 2016 and engages specialists in 3D modeling and in algorithm optimization. Together, they optimize to the highest level the data studies. Franck Marchis has joined the team as a Senior Research Scientist ans Science Council Chair.
The start-up company offers high level services for complex datasets processing and cooperates since its creation with the French space agency CNES, the CNRS and internationally recognized scientific laboratories, such as CEA, IRAP, IPGP, LAM, FIMOC, among others.