By Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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NASA's Spacecraft 3D is an augmented reality (AR) application that lets you learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraft that are used to explore our solar system, study Earth, and observe the universe. Using a printed AR Target and the camera on your mobile device, you can get up close with these robotic explorers, see how they move, and learn about the engineering feats used to expand our knowledge and understanding of space. Spacecraft 3D will be updated over time to include more of the amazing spacecraft that act as our robotic eyes on the earth, the solar system and beyond!
Please look forward to interacting with even more iconic NASA missions in future updates!
This app requires a camera.
What's New in Version 3.0
- Added the MAVEN spacecraft and Curiosity's Descent Stage
- Added two antennas from the Deep Space Network with pointing controls
- Added a 'Manual mode' to explore models without an AR target image.
- Added a 'Pick by Marker' mode to autonomously pick a Mars related spacecraft from 6 target images
So much fun!!!
This app is terrific. You do need to print the target for it to work though. If you can mount the target to something firm like cardboard you can take photos of the crafts sitting in your hand. It would be great if the app could use the front facing camera to take selfies and if there were a mode to record video. I had fun posting photos of me holding my new "toys" on Facebook though they were so convincing I think most people didn't get the joke and thought they were real models. The controls aren't that intuitive but there are so few, you can pick up on what to do very quickly. All in all its a really great way to geek out on some NASA crafts.
My sister went to a career fair and the NASA guys were present. She was able to get an AR Target Image card, download the software, and amaze all of us!
I printed the card from NASA's website and was able to do the same. This program (and the geniuses who were able to create it) is literally...out of this world.
I haven't had any trouble with the app on the iPhone 5. I can now make all my friends believe I have a new pet named Curiosity.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Jul 30, 2014
- Version: 3.0
- Size: 89.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- © 2014 California Institute of Technology
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.