Mars Exploration: METERON (Multi-Purpose End-To-End Robotic Operation Network) Facility Responsible Centre
The overall goal of METERON is to set up a simulation environment to allow ground controllers in a Control Centre or astronauts on ISS to be able to simulate robotic exploration scenarios tele-operating a robot located on the ground through the ISS environment. This project has been assigned to B.USOC by ESA (with the help of BELSPO) in 2012 as a preparation to “planetary” operations at Space Pole METERON has three primary goals relating to the domains of operations, robotics and communications respectively:
Several space agencies and institutions work together to achieve these goals, including ESA, NASA, ROSKOSMOS, ESOC, CU-Boulder and BUSOC. B.USOC tasks and responsibilities vary along the project phases, and focus on operational and ground support of activities conducted on board ISS.