NASA crafts simulation GUI

NASA crafts simulation GUI

Scientists at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., are developing a Microsoft Windows NT graphical user interface for joining simulations of aircraft parts and viewing them as a whole.

The GUI, dubbed NextGRADE for Next Generation Analysis and Design Environment, can connect the data from separate aircraft section models for more realistic study, said Jerrold M. Housner, chief technologist for NASA Langley's Center of Excellence for Structures and Materials.

Previous environments could not accurately handle the interfaces between separately calculated models, Housner said.

Housner said his team has developed 2-D and 3-D versions of NextGRADE for workstations and the ImmersaDesk drafting-table device from Fakespace Systems Inc. of Kitchener, Ontario.

NASA Langley does not charge government users for NextGRADE. For information, contact the Technology Commercialization Program Office at 757-864-6005.

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