ITI researchers involved in a Mars mission simulation

ITI researcher José Luís Silva and his Ph.D. students José Corujeira and Rute Luz are currently involved in a Mars mission simulation with IST.

José is working as one of the principal researchers with Rodrigo Ventura who is also a principal researcher, as well as the research team coordinator.

Between October 15 and November 15 of 2020, an integrated Mars analog field mission in the Negev Desert in Israel will be conducted. The expedition will be carried out in a Martian terrestrial analog. A small field crew of highly trained analog astronauts with spacesuit simulators will conduct experiments preparing for future human and robotic Mars exploration missions.

One of this mission’s objectives is to improve the teleoperation of remote robots and evaluate the haptic teleoperation interface developed to command a rover on a realistic planetary environment.

More details about the team at

More details about the mission at

In the media

  • Published in Público, on November 13:
  • Published in Funchal Notícias, on November 19: