Accession Number : ADA258847


Title :   A Synthetic Environment for Satellite Modeling and Satellite Orbital Motion


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING


Personal Author(s) : Pond, David L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a258847.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 54


Abstract : Analysts tasked to study satellites moving in space must often rely on photographs to conduct their analysis. Often these photographs do not adequately represent how satellites move in space, their spatial relationships, or their interaction with other satellites. What analysts need is a three- dimensional synthetic environment that depicts satellites as they actually move and interact in space. This thesis addresses the early development of the Satellite Modeler (SM), a system that allows analysts to study, satellite motion and maneuvering of computer aided design (CAD) models of those satellites in a three-dimensional orbit. The system contains equipment that allows analysts to view the models either in a head mounted display, on a high resolution monitor, or on a computer workstation monitor. Analysts can also video tape a session in the synthetic environment. A voice recognition system allows the analyst to give voice commands to the synthetic environment that modify model movement or his view of the models. The modeler also allows the analyst to script the movements of models to duplicate the movements of actual satellites in space.


Descriptors :   *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION , *COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN , *HIGH RESOLUTION , *ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES , *SPACECRAFT TRAJECTORIES , *HEAD UP DISPLAYS , *SATELLITE TRACKING SYSTEMS , *PHOTOGRAPHS , *MONITORS , ORBITS , COMPUTERS , SURFACES , VIDEO TAPES , ANALYSTS , WORK STATIONS , COMPUTER GRAPHICS , THREE DIMENSIONAL , THESES , MOTION , MODELS , ENVIRONMENTS


Subject Categories : Space Warfare
      Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE