C.O.S.M.O.S. CosmoShox on-site Martian overlay system

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Farina, Marianna Fronciani
Cockrell, Desmond
Denny, Savannah
Waits, Kristyn
Schoovoner, Maggie
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Fronciani Farina, Marianna; Cockrell, Desmond; Denny, Savannah. 2024. C.O.S.M.O.S. CosmoShox on-site Martian overlay system. -- In Proceedings: 23rd Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 33.

The WSU NASA SUITS team, CosmoShox, has proposed and started to develop the “CosmoShox On-Site Martian Overlay System” (C.O.S.M.O.S.). Tailored to the unique environmental challenges of the Martian landscape, C.O.S.M.O.S. integrates the Local Mission Control Center (LMCC) and Head Mounted Display (HMD) (e.g. Microsoft HoloLens 2) for efficient mission and task management, encompassing task tracking, and command delivery through an augment reality (AR) and user interface (UI) which the team has developed using Unreal Engine 4.27. The project's design, development, and testing are led by students. Furthermore, the faculty in the Open XR Lab not only oversees XR development but also evaluates psychological safety and performance outcomes linked to Agile product management processes. This holistic approach aims to cultivate both digital and human skill sets among the student cohort, aligning with the demands of the professional world. Moving forward, the research project will undergo IRB-approved human-in-the-loop (HITL) testing from March to May 2024, followed by an in-person Test Week at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where NASA Design Evaluators will assess its efficacy of their designs in May 2024. The project offers numerous benefits, including interdisciplinary collaboration, hands-on experience with Unreal Engine, and valuable exposure to NASA. Students gain insights into the importance of interdisciplinary work, while also having the opportunity to travel and explore NASA facilities. Continuous mentorship from two CID Faculty members guides them throughout the research journey, complemented by personalized one-on-one guidance from our NASA experts, who are also WSU Alumni. As the project progresses, the conclusion remains open-ended, awaiting further developments.

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Presented to the 23rd Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum (URCAF) held at the Rhatigan Student Center, Wichita State University, April 12, 2024.
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