Ascending Node Technologies Granted Trademark for Spaceline Mission Planning Software

One-of-a-kind Spaceline Planning System Lets Science and Operations Teams Collaborate on Spacecraft Mission Observation Plans.

Spaceline demo image

One hypothetical planned observation of asteroid Bennu by OSIRIS-REx (cyan) with the navigation camera (white), created using Spaceline's proof-of-concept Activity Designer module.

TUCSON, Ariz. – Ascending Node Technologies, LLC., a Tucson-based company that develops innovative software to support spaceflight operations, today announced it has been granted a federal registered trademark for Spaceline© by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Spaceline empowers interplanetary exploration mission teams to create 3D, interactive, visual representations of complex scientific data in a manageable, sharable format for all stages of mission operations. The web-based product allows for the rapid visualization of telemetry data derived from Navigation Ancillary Information Facility (NAIF) SPICE kernels and hypothetical scientific models for easy comparison, review, and feedback across the team.

In addition, Spaceline also generates simulated predicted science data, allowing mission designers to get an early start on calibration/validation pipelines. The Spaceline architecture allows updates to kernels to easily propagate, and helps users understand the impact of their upcoming observations. As an accessible, sharable science planning platform, Spaceline increases the accuracy of mission science modeling and supports observation planning.

About Ascending Node Technologies

Ascending Node Technologies, LLC, is a Tucson-based company that develops technology to allow spacecraft mission designers and operators to work better together. Spaceline is the company’s new web-based application that creates telemetry-based, interactive 3D visualizations of spacecraft operations right in your browser, which can then be shared across the mission team for easy collaboration and feedback. Ascending Node’s founders have more than half a century’s combined experience planning, developing and operating interplanetary exploration missions. In 2019 NASA ignited the development of Spaceline and has since awarded Ascending Node Technologies multiple SBIR contracts. Learn more at www.ascendingnode.tech.

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