The Synergistic Engineering Environment (SEE) is a system of software dedicated to aiding the understanding of space mission operations. The SEE can integrate disparate sets of data with analytical capabilities, geometric models of spacecraft, and a visualization environment (see figure), all contributing to the creation of an interactive simulation of spacecraft. Initially designed to satisfy needs pertaining to the International Space Station, the SEE has been broadened in scope to include spacecraft ranging from those in low orbit around the Earth to those on deep-space missions. The SEE includes analytical capabilities in rigid-body dynamics, kinematics, orbital mechanics, and payload operations. These capabilities enable a user to perform real-time interactive engineering analyses focusing on diverse aspects of operations, including flight attitudes and maneuvers, docking of visiting spacecraft, robotic operations, impingement of spacecraft-engine exhaust plumes, obscuration of instrumentation fields of view, communications, and alternative assembly configurations. The SEE continues to undergo development at Langley Research Center.

Plumes of Jet Firings can be displayed by the SEE. The user can turn off the firing visualization without disabling the visualization of the location.

This program was written by Jonathan Cruz of Langley Research Center and Scott Angster of Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc. For further information, access the Technical Support Package (TSP) free on-line at under the Software category. LAR-16842-1