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Innovative Simulation Toolkit for Constructing Simulations
August 15, 2011

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Innovators at NASA's Johnson Space Center have updated a generic simulation toolkit for constructing and running simulations. The Trick Simulation Environment is a set of software utilities that allows users to rapidly develop, integrate, and operate simulations based on the specific requirements of their application problem domains. Simulation applications range from personal computer desktop trainers to full-scale robotics hardware-in-the-loop facilities and virtual reality systems. The 2007 release includes seven new features for the Trick utility suite, including integrated Monte Carlo simulation capabilities, plotting support for non-Trick file formats, extensible markup language (XML) auto documentation, malfunction insertion capability, enhanced Trick variable server output options, wide character support, and real-time operating system (RTOS) support. These additions provide richer features and make the software more user-friendly. This software may be released to U.S. persons only.


  • Scalable: Operates on hardware ranging from laptops on the International Space Station, to desktop PCs, embedded single board computers, and clustered supercomputers
  • Efficient: Permits users to test model response without writing model-specific malfunction code
  • Streamlined: Allows the simulation to provide data to multiple visualization tools without overloading the simulation processor
  • Multi-Platform Support: Depending on need, software can be executed on single board computers, standard notebooks, or large supercomputer clusters


  • Engineering analysis
  • Mission planning
  • Training simulation design and execution

Licensing and Partnering Opportunity

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.

Contact Information

If you would like more information about this technology or about NASA's technology transfer program, please contact:

Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office
NASA's Johnson Space Center
Phone: 281-483-3809
E-mail: jsc-techtran@mail.nasa.gov

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