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3 Author(s)
Stytz, M.R. ; Air Force Inst. of Technol., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA ; Vanderburgh, J. ; Banks, S.B.

The authors undertook the Solar System Modeler project to improve comprehension and appreciation of the size, complexity, and splendor of the solar system. To do so, the Solar System Modeler must (1) accurately portray the orbital behavior of satellites, planets, comets, and other celestial bodies, and (2) function in a distributed virtual environment. Additionally, the system needs to: provide a flexible, 3D graphical user interface for immersive operation; assist the user in comprehending the state of the virtual environment; accurately portray the stars and their locations; graphically model all bodies throughout the solar system in 3D and to the same scale; and maintain an interactive frame rate. They describe how they met these requirements

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Computer Graphics and Applications, IEEE  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 5 )