NASA scientists synthesize space station environment using 3-D collaboration

NASA’s synthetic, multiuser collaboration environment for building the
International Space Station drew attention at the Siggraph trade show in Orlando, Fla.,
last month.

NASA engineers at Langley Research Center, Va., demonstrated crew rescue vehicle
simulations with engineers at the John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss., using a real-time
network- and application-independent modeling environment from Muse Technologies Inc. of
Albuquerque, N.M.

The visualization environment lets the project engineers place the station in an
accurate Earth orbit to analyze its motions, altitude dynamics, and vehicular approaches
and departures, officials said.

NASA engineers have been collaborating in the synthetic, 3-D analytical environment as
they prepare for next summer, when a three-person international crew is scheduled to begin
living aboard the station.

The software interface tools and interactive device controls run under SunSoft Solaris
and Silicon Graphics Irix operating systems on high-end graphics workstations.

At Siggraph, Muse introduced a new version of its environment for workstations from
Intergraph Corp. of Huntsville, Ala., running Microsoft Windows NT.

Contact Muse Technologies at 505-843-6873.

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