NASA collaborates with Epic Games to use Unreal Engine 5
NASA has stated that it is collaborating with game developer Epic Games to use the new generation Unreal Engine 5.
The goal, according to the agency, is that it aims to use the engine and build virtual reality environments that contribute to preparing and preparing astronauts to simulate life on the surface of Mars.
The game developer will collaborate with NASA along with the Buendea astronaut simulation system to organize a competition that will allow developers to submit engine-enabled Mars-themed assets and scenarios, as the project is still in its early stages.
Through this, modern astronauts will be able to simulate essential aspects of life on Mars, from building a ground base to conducting routine maintenance, exploring the planet on foot or by rover, conducting scientific research and many more things.
NASA will present a prize pool of $70,000 across five categories in the competition: camp preparation, initial base construction, scientific research such as geological surveys, maintenance that includes robotic robotics, and exploration through the use of the Unreal Engine 5.
All successful orders will be added to the Mars XR simulation, which, while still in its early stages, already has 400 square kilometers of realistic Mars terrain programmed, with full Mart days going from orange in the day to blue at night. .