This section provides links to space simulation
organizations such as those who use group simulations
for schools. Also, links to simulator companies (e.g.
those who build hardware simulators for museums or movie
props) and other simulator related resources.
Creating Space Simulations
Here we look at resources for building space simulations
with realistic spacecraft, planets, star systems, etc.
Computer Models - the Modeling section
includes a sub-section on building spacecraft in computer
Planetary & Steller System Modeling
Vritual trip to Mars project
Open source project that seeks "to create
a full resolution, realtime and client-server
based 3D virtual trip to Mars". It relies
on Mars topography data from the altimeter on
the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft.
3D Solar System, a new 3d interactive space
simulation that lets you explore other star systems,
"enjoy photorealistic representation of our solar
system", simulate "the hypnotic and everchanging
surface of the stars", and much more. Version
1.5 released in 2016. Adds " touch enabled
capabilities and a customizable spaceship mode,
allowing the user to flight all around the galaxy
with Newtonian physics for the space flight"
plus other new features and improvements.
- Jo Grant and Ben Lin
Java based 3-D Star Maps * Interstellar Navigation
* Data on Stars & Extrasolar Planets - "three-dimensional
aid to: viewing some of the nearer stars of our
galaxy; navigating the distances between them;
accessing basic information (and updating what
we know); and, hopefully, having some fun."
- Pandromeda -
This fractal based software allows one to build
amazingly detailed and realistic looking 3-D geographic
features such as mountains, seas and canyons.
Download the free viewer to see the various "worlds"
created by people using the program.
"3D real-time planet renderer. It allows
you to fly over the surface of planets and also
to see them from space. You can explore real planets
- like Mars and Earth - or use imaginary data."
is a free space simulation software
that lets you explore the universe in three
dimensions, starting from planet Earth to the
most distant galaxies. Areas of the known universe
are represented using actual astronomical data,
while regions uncharted by human astronomy are
generated procedurally. Millions of galaxies,
trillions of stars, countless planets!
Project Dream Mission A space shuttle replica built by Spaceworks contained
several consoles where students could experience interactive
simulations of various space tasks such as landing
a shuttle or deploying a satellite. The project, sponsored
by Spaceworks and companies such as Bellsouth, took
the shuttle to schools around the US.
"consultation, design, and fabrication services
for exhibits of US manned spacecraft, and similar
vehicles. Our specialties include detailed control
panel and control mechanism reproductions. We also
provide interactive multimedia systems to supplement
any exhibit, consult on aerospace subjects, and provide
computer aided drafting services." -
Kits Historic Space
Systems sells two kinds of kits provide detailed
descriptions of spacecraft. One type provides scaled
drawings. The other gives full-sized color plots of
the control panels.
Other HobbySpace Resources
Models - the modelling section offers more
information on scale drawings of spacecraft.