Innovators at NASA’s Johnson Space Center have developed a software suite that produces data products containing surface shape, reflectivity, and geomorphology for a desired planetary surface. The Digital Elevation Model Maker (DEMmaker) suite produces seamless sets of digital elevation models (DEMs) at virtually any resolution or size to provide the desired levels of terrain feature detail as a spacecraft approaches a planetary surface. The innovation enables researchers to study a wide variety of problem domains, as the DEMs incorporate observed data as well as mathematical models of planet morphology. Designed to model the lunar surface, DEMmaker can generate and export terrain models for a wide range of simulation, analysis, and visualization environments. In addition, the integration of new statistical terrain feature models, available reconnaissance DEMs, and control networks enhance its potential value.
This technology is being made available through JSC’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, which seeks to transfer technology into and out of NASA to benefit the space program and U.S. industry. NASA invites companies to consider licensing this technology for commercial applications.
If you would like more information about this technology or about NASA’s technology transfer program, please contact:Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office