Research & Development

PRoViDE aims to:

  1. complete relevant 3D vision processing of planetary surface missions,
  2. provide highest resolution orbital vision data processing results for these sites to embed the robotic imagery and its products into spatial planetary context,
  3. collect 3D vision processing and remote sensing products within a single coherent spatial data base,
  4. realize seamless fusion between orbital and ground vision data,
  5. demonstrate the potential of planetary surface vision data by maximising image quality visualisation in a 3D publishing platform,
  6. collect and formulate use cases for novel scientific application scenarios,
  7. realize on-line dissemination of key data & its presentation by means of a web-based GIS and rendering tool

Goal of the project:

PRoViDE will assemble a major portion of the imaging data gathered so far from vehicles and probes on planetary surfaces into a unique database. It processes a complete set of 3D vision products, brings them into spatial context and provides seamless and immersive real-time access to them by a multi-resolution visualization engine that combines various levels of detail for a dynamically rendered 3D scene representation.

What is the project designed to achieve?

Within PRoViDE all available (usable) images taken on the surface of celestial bodies in the Solar System are embedded into the spatial context of orbiter imagery and fully processed into 3D vision products. A real-time rendering tool for seamlessly accessing all available (3D) image data resolutions is established for expert visualisation. A web-based GIS provides online data presentation and access.

Why is this project important for Europe and how does it benefit European citizens?

The international community of planetary science and exploration has launched, landed and operated dozens of human and robotic missions to the planets and the Moon, while having these data only partially utilized. PRoViDE brings these data into a unified spatial context and provides public access to visualize a complete set of resulting 3D vision products via a web-based GIS.

How does the project exceed the current state of knowledge?

PRoViDE presents the first comprehensive 3D vision processing of all surface image data sets available from robotic probes on Mars, the Moon (including human spaceflight data) and other planetary bodies, and embeds the 3D vision products into the spatial context of orbiter imagery. Novel real-time immersive data visualisation allows seamless access to all available data resolutions in 3D space.