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A computer graphics pilot project - Spacecraft mission support with an interactive graphics workstationThe NASA Computer Graphics Pilot Project was undertaken to enhance the quality control, productivity and efficiency of mission support operations at the Goddard Operations Support Computing Facility. The Project evolved into a set of demonstration programs for graphics intensive simulated control room operations, particularly in connection with the complex space missions that began in the 1980s. Complex mission mean more data. Graphic displays are a means to reduce the probabilities of operator errors. Workstations were selected with 1024 x 768 pixel color displays controlled by a custom VLSI chip coupled to an MC68010 chip running UNIX within a shell that permits operations through the medium of mouse-accessed pulldown window menus. The distributed workstations run off a host NAS 8040 computer. Applications of the system for tracking spacecraft orbits and monitoring Shuttle payload handling illustrate the system capabilities, noting the built-in capabilities of shifting the point of view and rotating and zooming in on three-dimensional views of spacecraft.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Hagedorn, John
(Computer Sciences Corp. Silver Spring, MD, United States)
Ehrner, Marie-Jacqueline
(Computer Sciences Corp. Silver Spring, MD, United States)
Reese, Jodi
(Computer Sciences Corp. Silver Spring, MD, United States)
Chang, Kan
(Computer Sciences Corp. Silver Spring, MD, United States)
Tseng, Irene
(Computer Sciences Corp. Silver Spring, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1986
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
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