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Using Virtual Reality to Shape Humanity's Return to the Moon: Key Takeaways from a Design Study

Nilsson, Tommy and Rometsch, Flavie and Becker, Leonie and Dufresne, Florian and de Medeiros, Paul and Guerra, Enrico and Casini, Andrea Emanuele Maria and Vock, Anna and Gaeremynck, Florian and Cowley, Aidan (2023) Using Virtual Reality to Shape Humanity's Return to the Moon: Key Takeaways from a Design Study. In: 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2023. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2023), 23.–28. Apr. 2023, Hamburg, Deutschland. doi: 10.1145/3544548.3580718. ISBN 978-145039422-2.

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Revived interest in lunar exploration is heralding a new generation of design solutions in support of human operations on the Moon. While space system design has traditionally been guided by prototype deployments in analogue studies, the resource-intensive nature of this approach has largely precluded application of proficient user-centered design (UCD) methods from human-computer interaction (HCI). This paper explores possible use of Virtual Reality (VR) to simulate analogue studies in lab settings and thereby bring to bear UCD in this otherwise engineering-dominated field. Drawing on the ongoing development of the European Large Logistics Lander, we have recreated a prospective lunar operational scenario in VR and evaluated it with a group of astronauts and space experts (n=20). Our qualitative findings demonstrate the efficacy of VR in facilitating UCD, enabling efficient contextual inquiries and improving project team coordination. We conclude by proposing future directions to further exploit VR in lunar systems design.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/195282/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Using Virtual Reality to Shape Humanity's Return to the Moon: Key Takeaways from a Design Study
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Nilsson, TommyUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8568-0062UNSPECIFIED
Rometsch, FlavieUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5827-431XUNSPECIFIED
Becker, LeonieUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4736-5579UNSPECIFIED
Casini, Andrea Emanuele MariaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3608-9724UNSPECIFIED
Cowley, AidanEuropean Astronaut Centre (EAC), European Space Agency (ESA), Linder Höhe, D-51147 Cologne, Germanyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8692-6207UNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2023
Journal or Publication Title:2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2023
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Virtual Reality, human factors, ergonomics, user centered design, HCI research, space system engineering, lunar lander
Event Title:Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2023)
Event Location:Hamburg, Deutschland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:23.–28. Apr. 2023
Organizer:Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - FLEXhab miXed Reality (FLEX-XR)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Astronaut Training
Deposited By: Casini, Dr.-Ing. Andrea Emanuele Maria
Deposited On:30 May 2023 15:41
Last Modified:01 Jun 2023 14:01

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