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Enhanced Graphics Tools for Advanced 3D Simulations
August 16, 2011

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Innovators at NASA's Johnson Space Center have developed a graphics display tool that combines key elements from graphics software developed for the space shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS) programs and adapts them for integration with other engineering simulations and facilities. The Engineering Dynamic On-board Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Graphics for Exploration (EDGE) package allows NASA to reduce costs and development time for new programs by incorporating the output from previous graphics models developed over the past few decades. EDGE allows drop-in integration with the NASA Trick Simulation Environment and provides a fusion of three-dimensional (3D) graphics and simulation outputs. This software may be released for U.S. Government purposes only.


  • Innovative: Features enhanced simulation integration capabilities, including Trick post-simulation visualization and Trick variable server interface libraries
  • Cost-Effective: Re-uses and improves technology developed by the space shuttle and ISS programs
  • Customized: Preserves project settings across upgrades and runtime locations
  • Web-based: Provides a documentation knowledge management system that far exceeds the features of traditional electronic or paper-based documentation


  • New simulation program development that plans to leverage existing NASA Trick Simulation Environment outputs

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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