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Software Offers Flexible Docking Tool for Real-Time, Planning Missions
August 16, 2011

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Researchers at NASA's Johnson Space Center have developed a flexible software tool to improve planning for the rendezvous of a visiting vehicle with the International Space Station (ISS). The tool provides targeting information that allows the ISS visiting vehicle office to model a vehicle's rendezvous trajectory to the ISS and monitor ongoing trajectory relative motion to ensure that the vehicle stays within agreed upon coordinates. The application includes a telemetry processing function, a relative motion function, a targeting function, a vector view, and two- and three-dimensional world map type graphics. The software improves upon other options that previously only allowed users to select from a limited set of options. This software may be released for U.S. Government purposes only.


  • Versatile: Offers highly configurable options
  • Flexible: Performs both real-time and planning operations


  • Monitoring of visiting vehicle rendezvous in space
  • Monitoring of other real-time space operations

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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