First UE5 prototype VR testbed with multi-user support and level streaming completed

During November, the first prototype of the new Unreal Engine 5-based Virtual Testbed was completed. This now uses the advanced lighting and rendering methods from the current Unreal Engine version (especially Nanite and Lumen) and thus offers a significantly higher graphics quality.

To allow multiple users to explore the testbed together, the first elements of a session-based multi-user system have been integrated: Users can choose a name at program start and then either start their own session or join an existing one by entering IP and port.

Furthermore, first landscapes from the existing virtual testbed were ported to the new one and adapted for the use of Unreal’s level streaming system. This allows to dynamically load (only) the areas of the level that are currently visible. Ultimately, larger worlds can be rendered in a performant way.

New Node editor plugin library for CosmoScout VR released

In order to enable the interactive analysis of satellite data in the Mission Control tool in the medium term, a new plugin library for CosmoScout VR has been developed in recent weeks. The plugin library allows to model complex data flows using a node editor.

The node editor uses a web server that provides a web page on a specific port via HTTP. The user can access this frontend with a web browser and start creating a node diagram. For each node or connection created, a C++ counterpart is instantiated by the plugin library.

All data flow takes place on the C++ side, the web frontend is “only” a visualization of the graph. This separation allows the graph to be displayed both in the UI of CosmoScout VR (since the UI is rendered using web technologies) and on external devices.

VaMEx-3 Kick-Off Meeting

On September 30, 2022, the project partners came together for the kickoff meeting of VaMEx-3 at the German Space Agency at DLR in Bonn. The German Space Agency, the INVENT GmbH, the DSI Aerospace Technologie GmbH, the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, the University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich, the Julius-Maximilians-University W├╝rzburg, the Technical University Braunschweig, the Technical University Munich and various institutes of the University of Bremen were present.