Friday, August 20, 2004
NASA's Star-Trek-like Main Ship Computer
NASA is working on a set of software tools named 'Virtual Iron Bird' (VIB), which is really a knowledge-integrating virtual vehicle and could be ready by June 2006. It will evolve into a computer system which will contain all what is known about a spacecraft, and embarked in future spaceships, like HAL in '2001, a Space Odyssey' or in the 'Star-Trek' series. SpaceDaily says it will permit to analyze past events or to design and test new parts before they're built.
In fact, it is a 3D CAD-based visualization-model integrated with functional and behavioral models of the vehicle. It also will be used to diagnose the health of space vehicles. Here on Earth, VIB components could be used by engineering students and the automotive industry. This summary contains more details and pictures.
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