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Integrated Graphics Operations and Analysis Laboratory

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    The Integrated Graphics Operations and Analysis Laboratory (IGOAL) supports engineering visualization throughout the Johnson Space Center, additional NASA centers, and other institutions. 

    Engineering Visualization

    IGOAL Engineering Visualization broadcasts quality computer generated video with near-photo realistic rendering.  The level of detail includes shadows, particle systems, mirrors and other levels of detail  IGoal can also import CAD models, and can be driven by data from any simulation.

    Customer-specific needs, such as operation details or variable-length visualizations of design can be produced with a quick turn-around time, averaging two months for 30 minutes of video.  The process includes model generation, customer change orders, animation and data integration, rendering, and final composition.  The IGOAL team interacts closely with customers to determine viewpoints, camera specifications, field of view and “What if” scenarios.  Multiple formats and resolutions are available, e.g., DVD, AVI, MPG, WMV, MOV, HD, still images and Blu-Ray.  The final product can include music, titles, callouts and data overlays and can easily be translated into shorter videos for presentation purposes.

    Capabilities

    IGOAL utilizes transformative and flagship technology to exhibit proof of concept as well as demonstrate operational scenarios.  With proven capabilities visualizing robotics precursor missions such as Concept M, research of heavy-lift and propulsion technologies and future launch capabilities, modernized KSC facilities and cross-cutting technology development aimed at improving NASA and other government and commercial space capabilities. International Space Station use of IGOAL has increased for visualization of operations such as R2 and solar array repair.  Accelerating the next wave of climate change research and observations spacecraft, IGOAL can not only visualize new spacecraft concepts but visualize the data returned by these spacecraft.  IGOAL software can be distributed to any of these entities for use in their visualization applications.

    Education

    IGOAL Visualizations convey NASA’s missions to people of all ages in ways that words and charts do not. Software can be distributed to educational institutions free of charge, including training and support, to bring results of scientific data to the classroom.  A plug-in capability would allow computer graphics students to develop complex rendering algorithms without worrying about the basic building blocks.  Visualizations using data obtained on exploratory missions including climate data, planetary image data, carbon sources, etc. can be created to present results to people of all ages.

    Engineering Visualization provided by IGOAL

    3D Graphic Models - iGoal

    3D Graphic Models

    IGOAL has provided models for: Flight director’s briefings mission visualizations, Pre-Flight Readiness Review mission visualizations, R2 on International Space Station, Thermal Protection System Imagery Inspection Management System (TIIMS), JSC Software of the Year 2008 runner up, Androgynous Peripheral Assembly System (APAS) lighting and docking studies, Bird’s Eye View system (BEV), STS-107 Columbia Accident Investigation, Thermal Protection System Sensor Tool, JSC Software of the Year 2006 runner up, Shuttle Avionics and Integration Laboratory (SAIL), Texas A&M, and Ames model repository.

    3D Graphic Services - iGOAL

    3D Graphic Services

    Services IGOAL has provided include: Engineering visualizations for Flight Director briefings, Engineering visualization of Near Earth Object Concept, Engineering Visualization of Concept M, Images evaluating antenna line of sight, Viewing evaluation of crawler cameras and CEV, High Definition engineering visualization of Roll, Pitch maneuver for training, External Logistics Carrier image created for OM6, Tile inspection study for CEV, Images generated for Vibration Test Facility usage concept, Images and Engineering Visualization of James Webb Telescope Processing, Engineering visualization of AERcam CEV inspection, STS-107 Columbia Accident Investigation engineering visualization of sensor data and final trajectory data, and Engineering visualizations of non-shuttle missions, and unexpected mid-mission operations for PAO.

    3D Graphics Custom Code - iGOAL

    3D Graphics Custom Code

    AGEA provided to: Rendezvous Guidance and Procedures (DM34) Mission Planning and Pointing (DO45) Station Robotics Operations Group (DX26) Aeroscience and Flight Mechanics Division (EG) Simulation and Graphics Branch (ER) Simulation Robotics Workstation Lab (ER) Dexterous Robotics Laboratory (ER) Structural Engineering Division (ES2) SAIL (MS4) Orbiter Project Office (MV5) MAGIK (OM7) KSC Advanced Visualization Environment Texas A&M Rice University MIT University of Texas And other Universities and Institutions across the country.

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