“Computer graphics in support of Space Shuttle simulation” by Weinberg

  • ©Richard A. Weinberg




    Computer graphics in support of Space Shuttle simulation



    Electronic scene generation plays an important role in simulation of the Space Shuttle at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Simulators for astronaut training, system integration and engineering development utilize both a moving camera/map board system as well as computer generated images. Launch, on-orbit, payload handling and landing tasks are simulated with shaded computer graphics to provide realtime visual feedback. An overview of these simulators is presented.


    1. Space Shuttle, NASA SP-407, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D.C., 1976.
    2. Bunker, W. Marvin, “Visual Scene Simulation with Computer Generated Images”, Progress in Simulation, Volume 2, Gordon and Breach, New York, 1972.
    3. “Improved Scene Generator Capability”, Final Report, Contract No. NAS 9-14010, Evans and Sutherland Computer Corporation, Salt Lake City, Utah, October 1977.
    4. Shohat, Murray and Florence, Judit, “Application of Digital Image Generation to the Shuttle Mission Simulator”, 1977 Summer Computer Simulation Conference, July 18-20, 1977.

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