CosmoScout VR is a modular virtual universe developed at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). It lets you explore, analyze and present huge planetary data sets and large simulation data in real-time.
Below is a rough sketch of the possibilities you have with CosmoScout VR. While this list is far from complete it provides a good overview of the current feature set.
- Solar System Simulation
- Positioning of celestial bodies and space crafts based on SPICE
- Rendering of highly detailed level-of-detail planets based on WebMapServices (with csp-lod-bodies)
- Rendering of configurable atmospheres (Mie- and Rayleigh-scattering) around planets (with csp-atmospheres)
- Physically based rendering of 3D satellites (with csp-satellites)
- Rendering of Tycho, Tycho2 and Hipparcos star catalogues (with csp-stars)
- Rendering of orbits and trajectories based on SPICE (with csp-trajectories)
- Rendering of shadows
- Flexible User Interface
- Main UI be drawn in screen- or world-space
- Web pages can be placed on planetary surfaces
- Interaction works both, in VR and on Desktop
- Runs on Linux
- Runs on Windows
- Runs on MacOS
- System Architecture
- Plugin-based - most functionality is loaded at run-time
- Network synchronization of multiple instances
- Hardware device support - CosmoScout VR basically supports everything which is supported by ViSTA and VRPN. The devices below are actively supported (or planned to be supported).
- ART-Tracking systems
- 3D-Connexion Space Navigator
- Multi-screen systems like tiled displays or CAVE's
- Multi-screen systems on distributed rendering clusters
- Side-by-side stereo systems
- Quad-buffer stereo systems
- Anaglyph stereo systems
- Game Pads like the X-Box controller
Plugins for CosmoScout VR
CosmoScout VR can be extended via plugins. In fact, without any plugins, CosmoScout VR is just a black and empty universe. Here is a list of available plugins.
|csp-anchor-labels||Draws a click-able label at each celestial anchor. When activated, the user automatically travels to the according body. The size and overlapping-behavior of the labels can be adjusted.|
|csp-atmospheres||Draws atmospheres around celestial bodies. It calculates single Mie- and Rayleigh scattering via raycasting in real-time.|
|csp-fly-to-locations||Adds several quick travel targets to the sidebar. It supports shortcuts to celestial bodies and to specific geographic locations on those bodies.|
|csp-lod-bodies||Draws level-of-detail planets and moons. This plugin supports the visualization of entire planets in a 1:1 scale. The data is streamed via Web-Map-Services (WMS) over the internet. A dedicated MapServer is required to use this plugin.|
|csp-measurement-tools||Provides several tools for terrain measurements. For example, it supports the measurement of distances, height profiles, volumes or areas.|
|csp-rings||Draws simple rings around celestial bodies. The rings can be configured with a inner and a outer radius and a texture.|
|csp-satellites||Draws GTLF models at positions based on SPICE data. It uses physically based rendering for surface shading.|
|csp-sharad||Renders radar datasets acquired by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The SHARAD profiles are rendered inside of Mars, the Martian surface is made translucent in front of the profiles.|
|csp-simple-bodies||Renders simple spherical celestial bodies. The bodies are drawn as an ellipsoid with an equirectangular texture.|
|csp-stars||Draws 3D-stars loaded from catalogues. For now, it supports the Tycho, the Tycho2 and the Hipparcos catalogue.|
|csp-trajectories||Draws trajectories of celestial bodies and spacecrafts based on SPICE. The color, length, number of samples and reference frame can be configured.|
CosmoScout VR is research software which is still under heavy development and changes on a daily basis. Many features are badly documented, it will crash without warning and may do other unexpected things. We are working hard on improving the user experience - please report all issues and suggestions you have!
There are several guides in the
docs directory to get you started!
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