HP and NVIDIA teamed up with Autodesk, Fusion, Launch Forth, Technicolor, Unreal Engine and VIVE to launch HP Mars Home Planet. A global project using virtual reality to simulate what a human population of one million could look like on Mars.

This co-creation project of professional creatives from around the world explores how life could be sustained on the red planet. Everything is different – from buildings, vehicles, farms and clothing – given its climate and atmospheric challenges.

The HP Mars Home Planet project (Australian Website here) advances work initially done for Mars 2030, a virtual reality experience created by Fusion with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

HP and its partners are uniting engineers, architects, designers, artists and students. The goal – to imagine, design and experience humanity’s future on Mars through VR. The project looks beyond 2030, to a time in the future where families and communities are living on Mars. The project aims to engage creative thinkers in solving some of the challenges of urbanisation on the red planet.

Through the VR experience, people can experience what life on Mars might be like.

HP Mars Home Planet on the Discovery Channel

Discovery and HP Australia have joined forces to develop a new 6-part original content series, Mars Home Planet. The series follows Australian university students participating in the global HP Mars Home Planet competition. It is a universe-changing design, architecture, engineering and Virtual Reality project; to design an urban area for 1 million people on Mars.

Mars Home Planet follows teams of students. One from Western Australia’s Curtin University. The other from RMIT University in Melbourne. The begin the extraordinary journey of reinventing life on Mars.

The series follows these remarkable young Australian space enthusiasts, problem solvers, and aspiring innovators. The tackle the practical and near impossible challenges of how to build and sustain urbanisation on the red planet. All within a deadline of just six months.

HP Z Workstation technology powers a fully immersive VR creation. This new wave of Australian thought leaders have created and mapped out a VR experience of a Mars civilisation. It includes infrastructure, housing, agriculture, transportation, and other areas of urbanisation.

Mark Fenson, Business and Mobility Solutions Evangelist, HP South Pacific said, “In 2016, we conquered the International Space Station with our HP ZBook Workstations, powered by NVIDIA Quadro graphics. Now we have our sights set on Mars. Through HP and partner technology, we are unleashing engineers, architects, designers and students to help anticipate and solve the real-world problems we’ll face to inhabit Mars.”

The end goal? Reinvent life on Mars. And take the next leap for humankind.

The Mars Home Planet series is available here. It will also air across Discovery Channel and Discovery Science digital platforms.