I’d like to present our work on the ISSOrbit tool, a visualization of the International Space Station orbiting the Earth.
The basic idea is to create a photo realistic visualization using high quality 3d models and combine those with real time data provided through TLE for an accurate positioning of the ISS over ground.
The current simulation features:
- 32768x16384 texture for each layer (ground, clouds etc.)
- day to night transition; nightlights/citylights
- atmosphere simulation (thanks to Robert Khalikov “Realistic Atmoshere 2.0” found on the market place)
- Earth-centered inertial (ECI) coordinate system
- Accurate position of the Sun and Moon
- Possibility to implement any celestial body of the solar system
- solar panels facing the Sun
- orientation and position using TLE data
- online configuration of docked space crafts (Soyuz, Progress, HTV, Cygnus, Dragon)
We’re a small company working in several space projects for the German Space Agency. One of our main tasks is the daily operation at the Columbus Control Center.
It’s currently planned to use the software for public presentations at the German Space Operations Center near Munich/Germany and provide some more information about the ISS project.
Many thanks to Jean Paul for his contribution to this project, we wouldn’t have made it to this point without your work!
Here are some videos:
ISS Orbit Cinematic
ISS Orbit User Interface