• Public Domain

Programming Language

  • C++

Development Status

  • 4 - Beta

Operating System

  • 64-bit MS Windows
  • Linux

Research Program

  • W EO - Erdbeobachtung
  • W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums


  • Simulation and Software Technology


  • Braunschweig



CROSS DRIVE Renderer maps space mission sensor data (e.g. HRSC DTM and Imagery datasets) onto planetary surfaces. Beside geodesy surface data, also sub-surface (radar) data (e.g. SHARAD) is supported. Additionally, volumetric and time-dependent atmospheric datasets (e.g. PFS, GCM, Observation data) can be integrated. Originally optimized for Mars, it supports arbitrary planetary objects which can be rendered as 2,5D terrains (like Earth and Moon). Atmospheric scattering, accurate star mapping, and trajectory depiction of spacecrafts and moons complement the rendering of the environment. A further important feature is the possiblity to link distributed virtual environments together. This allows for discussing mission planning and findings between scientists who are working at remote workplaces. Annotation and measurement tools support the analysis and discussion sessions. It scales from laptops to Head Mounted Displays (e.g. HTC Vive) to large immersive Multi-Pipe Virtual Environments. But it requires efficient graphics hardware as well as OpenGL 4.3 and higher.

Last update: 2018-02-20

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