Hi all,

Hope you're all well! I'm Norman, the Project Lead on Earthlight. At times, I will be providing key project updates on the Earthlight blog. Today, I'm writing to tease a few major project updates.

GDC/VRDC 2016

One of the few key things the team has been up is that the discipline leads attended GDC and VRDC. We were able to discuss and validate the design of Earthlight with a number of key industry figures and we were especially excited by the fantastic piece by Rock Paper, Shotgun on Earthlight. I will leave this bit brief, as future updates will cover what GDC meant for the various disciplines within the team.

Houston Production Trip

During the week of 21st March, the discipline leads of Earthlight were able to spend an entire week at the Johnson Space Center where we were led around the enormous campus of facilities by the lovely people from NASA's Public Affairs Office.

Earthlight discipline leads (folks wearing the orange visitor badge) and our lovely guides from NASA's PAO.

Earthlight discipline leads (folks wearing the orange visitor badge) and our lovely guides from NASA's PAO.

It was an incredibly productive week and for those of you who are following us on Twitter, you would have already seen quite a few updates we made during our trip. We had the privilege of meeting with a number of people who train and support astronauts in a number of different ways, from the enormous pool of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory through to VR trainings using VR technologies we are familiar with. 

Perhaps most valuable of all, we were able to spend a few hours talking to Dr. Thomas Marshburn. veteran astronauts from STS-127 and ISS Expedition  34/35 as he guided us through the ISS mockups in Building 9 and shared with us details of his life onboard the ISS.

The team and Dr. Marshburn.

The team and Dr. Marshburn.

In the few hours we had with Dr. Marshburn, we were able to discuss in detail the most memorable moments of his life as an astronaut, from training through to the legendary space walk he undertook with Christopher Cassidy to fix the ammonia coolant leak on the ISS. His input were invaluable and has influence how we designed certain components of Earthlight so that it can be more realistic.

However, the most amazingly of all, we had the opportunity to show Dr. Marshburn some of the work-in-progress images from Earthlight. We are happy to report that he was impressed.

Dr. Marshburn commenting on the visual fidelity of Earthlight.

Dr. Marshburn commenting on the visual fidelity of Earthlight.

That is all from me. In the next few weeks the discipline leads will be providing their own updates as they share with you they key learnings they got out of our production tour. 

The team has collected an immense amount of reference data and it'll take many more weeks to properly digest everything, so keep an eye out!

-Norman