Solar System Visualization (SSV) Project
SSV Project Goal
Organize the data from Solar System Exploration (SSE) missions, discover new aspects of solar system behavior, test hypotheses against quantitative models, understand fundamental processes, increase the science return and reduce the risk of future space science missions. and increase public awareness of scientific results and mission plans.
SVT Task Goal
Adapt entertainment industry visualization and computer web technology to: 1. Increase the science return from future Space Science missions, 2. Reduce the risks for future missions, 3. Increase public awareness of science results and mission plans.
SVT Technology Objectives
Assemble a small team of technologists who share these goals and objectives. Create the Science Visualization Testbed (SVT) in the Digital Image Animation Laboratory (DIAL). Integrate the SVT and BAT into JPL's Visualization and Analysis Testbed (VAT) in the Image Processing Laboratory (IPL). Develop and adapt new visualization and analysis technology. The team will work closely with SSE flight projects, and the SSV Science Team to adapt computer and entertainment industry visualization and web technology to achieve these goals and objectives.
In 1996 the SSV team initiated a one million dollar SVT/VAT hardware and software upgrade, designed to enhance NTSC video, stereo HDTV, and communications for MPF, Mars Global Surveyor (MGS), and New Millennium Program (NMP) DS2 operations. This upgrade was completed in 1997 three months before the MPF landing. Beginning in January of 1999, the team initiated a half million dollar SVT /VAT upgrade. This upgrade is being undertaken in collaboration with the Mars Exploration and Outer Planets' Programs and will enhance the SVT /VAT digital HDTV and video capability. The new SVT /VAT will be used to support Mars landing site selections, test operational readiness, and support operations, and reduce the risk for the Galileo, Cassini, and Mars missions.
Status and Future Plans
From October 1999 to September 2000 we will test visualization technology on the SCT using spacecraft models and observations from Galileo, MGS, MPL-SSI, MPL-RAC, and the MPL descent camera. We will work with the Outer Planets and Mars Exploration programs and adapt this technology to create images, and animations which display science results and mission plans. The products will include: 1. Automated mosaics, 2. Color panorama prints. 3. Stereo panorama prints, 4. Light box displays. 5. NTSC & HDTV animations. Images will be provided to NASA's Planetary Photojournal, animations to JPL's Audio Visual Library.
Significance and Additional Content
SSV Animations Page
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