NASA MarsXR Challenge

Build Virtual Reality (XR) assets and scenarios for use by NASA in research focused on extravehicular activities on the surface of Mars.

Other Funding
  • Program Type
    Other Funding
  • Funding Award
  • Submission Deadline
    July 27, 2022, 5 A.M.
  • Program Duration
    Sept. 28, 2022, midnight
  • Eligibilty Requirements (Y/N)

We are seeking developers to create a new Virtual Reality (XR) research, development, and testing environment to help prepare for the experiences and situations that will be encountered on Mars. If this sounds intriguing and exciting to you, then join the NASA MarsXR Challenge today!

On behalf of NASA, Buendea, and Epic Games, this challenge is seeking developers to create new assets and scenarios for the new Mars XR Operations Support System (XOSS) environment, using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5.

This challenge seeks to support NASA by creating additional assets and scenarios focused on particular extravehicular activities (EVA) scenarios that will be used to test procedures and plan for conditions while on Mars. The goal is to create an immersive, engaging, and realistic experience.

The MarsXR Engine currently includes:

  • Full Martian days, with the orange hues of day transitioning to blue at night.
  • Realistic weather conditions and Martian gravity.
  • 400 km2 (approximately 154 miles2) of realistic, researched Mars terrain.
  • Some existing assets, such as suits and rovers.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.