Rendering a high resolution video of asteroid Bennu directly from SPICE kernels with Spaceline®

Spaceline® from SPICE kernels, renders 766 frames at a 1 second timestep for a 13 minute maneuver from the point of view of OSIRIS-REx's MapCam camera.

By Ascending Node Technologies, LLC

Spaceline® renders 766 frames at a 1 second timestep for a 13 minute observation from the point of view of OSIRIS-REx's MapCam camera from SPICE kernels alone.

Spaceline solves an enduring challenge for mission designers - the need for an understandable, 3D visual representation of planned spacecraft operations that can be easily shared across the mission team for comparison, review, and feedback. Spaceline provides rapid visualization of telemetry data derived from NAIF SPICE kernels, the standard telemetry file format for interplanetary exploration missions. The web-based product also generates simulated predicted science data, allowing mission designers to get an early start on calibration/validation pipelines.

Spaceline's renderer performs all calculations in double precision floating point arithmetic to create incredibly accurate renderings. The latest revision of Spaceline's renderer, objects within the view are accurate to sub-millimeter precision. Spaceline is the only publicly available tool that creates renderings directly from SPICE kernels.

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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