Program Updates

  • New MarsVR Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign
    The Mars Society is proud to announce we will be launching a new crowdfunding campaign for our Mars Virtual Reality (MarsVR) project, starting on Monday on Indiegogo. Here is the teaser video which we have just released. On Monday, check back here for the link to pledge your support.
  • R.A.M. model featured on
    Today we learned that Sketchfab, a leading 3-D modelling site and popular destination for Virtual Reality developers and enthusiasts, has tagged our recently uploaded R.A.M. model as “Staff Selected”, which also features it on the home page of Sketchfab! The R.A.M. – Mars Desert Research Station by marssociety on Sketchfab
  • The future of Mars colonization begins with VR and video games –
    The MarsVR project was mentioned prominently in an article that was featured on the front page of  Our project was one of the main subjects of the article and featured extensive quotes and other materials provided by James Burk, Director of IT & Program Manager of MarsVR. “To make these missions more accessible, the […]
  • MarsVR on Mars Talk – James Burk and Ali Zareiee from VR Oslo & Adapa 360
    Episode 7 of Mars Talk is all about Virtual Reality and using it for the Exploration of Mars, with our two amazing experts: James Burk is our host this week, he’s the IT Director of the Mars Society and leads our MarsVR project, and Ali Zareiee who heads up our Scandinavian chapter and is a […]
  • MarsVR Updates on Mars Talk Podcast
    Greetings CrowdExplorers, In case you missed it, I did an extensive monologue about our MarsVR project and its current status starting at 2:38:23 during one of the recent episodes of the Mars Talk podcast.  I helped the Mars Society start this new podcast earlier this year, and we’ve been publishing it every two weeks.  This […]
  • 1 Year Anniversary of Successful Phase 1 Kickstarter
    Greetings CrowdExplorers, It’s been a whole year since we successfully ended the MarsVR Phase 1 Kickstarter.   I’d like to provide you some updates on where we are and our future plans. We successfully captured all the buildings at the MDRS using photogrammetry in June 2018. We flew a drone several times to acquire a square […]
  • Early Access Build Sent to Kickstarter Backers
    Greetings CrowdExplorers! It’s been a quiet couple months on our end but I am pleased to provide you (the MarsVR Kickstarter backers) with an update on our progress with the Phase 1 Environment, a high-fidelity capture of the real-life Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah. Today we sent the first pre-Beta, Early Access Build […]
  • MarsVR at 2018 Mars Society Convention
    Two videos from the recent Mars Society Convention where MarsVR was featured have now been posted to Youtube. The four-day International Mars Society Convention brought together leading scientists, engineers, aerospace industry representatives, government policymakers and journalists to talk about the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political-economic developments that could help pave the way for […]
  • First glimpses of MDRS terrain models!
    Greetings CrowdExplorers, I have some exciting news — tonight our team got a preview of the completed MDRS 3-D terrain model. This is a single “asset file” (think of it like a really big computer image you would load up on your computer), and it has over one square mile of the real terrain around […]
  • MDRS Photogrammetry Scans Completed / Matterport Scans Available NOW
    Greetings CrowdExplorers, Tonight I received some great news from our team onsite at the MDRS. They have completed all of our scans on Day 2, which is well ahead of schedule. They’ve already acquired over 15,000 high-resolution photos of the terrain around the MDRS using drones, cameras, and other scanning equipment. In addition, we have […]
  • Program Update 5 – MDRS Scanning Mission Update
    Greetings CrowdExplorers, We are prepping to send out a crew to the MDRS comprised of Shannon Norrell and Az Balabanian who are flying from San Francisco, Robert and Stephen Madsen from Synaptix Games (also long-time Mars Society folks and past MDRS volunteers) in Grand Junction, CO, Ben Skogen from AeroScout in Grand Junction, and Casey […]
  • Program Update 4 – MDRS Scanning Mission
    Greetings CrowdExplorers, Our team will be travelling out to MDRS next week to begin the photogrammetry scans of the facilities (inside and out) and the one square mile of terrain, using drones and high-resolution cameras.  We will be documenting everything we do and taking video for a short documentary film that will come out this […]
  • MarsVR Reaches Kickstarter Goal
    Greetings CrowdExplorers, I am so happy to announce that earlier tonight we reached our Kickstarter goal!!  Thank you to Sacha Greer who purchased a crewmember seat for MDRS Crew 197 this October! The Expanse gets saved and MarsVR reaches its goal in the same weekend! Amazing! Now the serious planning work begins, and we are […]
  • MarsVR at 2018 International Space Development Conference (ISDC)
    Watch James Burk’s talk on MarsVR at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles. James presented on the MarsVR project with only 6 days left on our Kickstarter campaign.  He discussed future plans for the MarsVR program and how all of the space advocacy organizations can work […]
  • Program Update 3 – A Message from Robert Zubrin
    Hello Everyone, Virtual Reality and the creation of VR tools to support the human exploration of Mars is a strategic focus of The Mars Society. We intend to demonstrate the potential of VR to allow millions of people to directly participate in Mars exploration. Our VR tools will support the training of our crews at […]
  • Program Update 2 – Kickstarter Week 2
    Greetings CrowdExplorers. Our latest Program Video Update is out, where we provide status on the Kickstarter.  We are at 75% of our goal so far!  Thanks everybody for your support of this important and exciting project. This week, we are featuring the work of Stuart Spence.  He is an expert on the Unity game development […]
  • Program Update 1 – Kickstarter First Week
    Greetings CrowdExplorers! Here’s the latest update on our Phase 1 Kickstarter as well as the latest from our development team.  First, let’s talk about how the Kickstarter is going.  As of today, we are 1 week into the campaign and we’ve raised a total of $18,758 from 63 individual backers, which represents 67% of our […]