November 15, 2022

ESA’s Staff Take Part in COP27 via Metaverse

ESA's Metaverse

ESA’s Metaverse

In a move to limit the environmental cost of traveling, the European Space Agency (ESA) developed a virtual environment to enable its staff to attend discussions at the UN climate conference, COP27, held in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh.

Connected to the Internet and satellite 5G, hundreds of ESA staff created their avatars in the virtual world and accessed the metaverse via their laptops or smartphones or by wearing virtual reality headsets, ESA said in a statement on Tuesday.

Located at the agency’s European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications in the UK, engineers at ESA’s 5G/6G Hub connected the staff to the metaverse using futuristic technologies.

The staff tackled topics related to climate change crisis, space, green transition, and sustainable 6G connectivity.

ESA’s move comes within its framework to enhance European leadership in the development and deployment of metaverse technology.

A metaverse is a network of three-dimensional virtual environments focusing on social interaction. It may be characterized as a digitally simulated world. It utilizes blockchain, augmented reality, and virtual reality (VR), combined with social media principles, to develop venues for extensive user communication that imitate the real world.

The metaverse is an encompassing word for technologies that aid in creating a whole digital world similar to the real one. This universe can be incredibly comprehensive and encompass a broad range of various planets, sometimes referred to as virtual environments.

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