Category Archives: Space

Discovery at Io in Celestia

I have previously written in a blog post about the wide range of educational space and spaceflight simulators that have been created by educators, scientists and open source user communities. One of these was Celestia and its many educational and … Continue reading

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Supercar in Celestia

http://www.aiai.ed.ac.uk/~bat/GA/supercar-celestia.html I have previously written in a blog post about the wide range of educational space and spaceflight simulators that have been created by educators, scientists and open source user communities. One of these was Celestia and its many educational … Continue reading

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Moon Rockets and Flying Saucers

The Moon Rockets and Flying Saucers have arrived at Space City on AiLand… thanks to the OpenSim creations of Ener Hax.

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Spacecraft Simulators

A number of educators have provided some superb space simulation environments released on a free to use basis. Community support to these has provided many add-ons with richer textures, further destinations, improved spacecraft and educational tour support. Orbiter – Space … Continue reading

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ESA Rosetta flies in OpenSim

After a journey lasting 10 years, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft will send its attached “Philae” lander to land on the surface of Comet 67P on 12th November 2014. To celebrate this occasion, I have placed a 3D model … Continue reading

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Orion – Flight Test for Future Journey to Mars

I just sent my name to fly on Orion’s flight test, scheduled to launch December 4th to 6th, 2014! Orion is NASA’s new spacecraft that will carry humans into deep space. A video of the mission and its objectives is … Continue reading

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High Fidelity Alpha Tests – Using 3D Models

3D models, such as the many free models from NASA at http://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/models can be converted to FBX format – using for example the Autodesk FBX Converter – Here is an example of the simple International Space Station (ISS) mesh served … Continue reading

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Initiative for Interstellar Studies – I4IS

I4IS (http://i4is.org) is now the “Initiative for Interstellar Studies”. The previous use of the term “Institute” is not an approved name for a registered company, so when I4IS was incorporated the name had to be amended. The I4IS I-Room in … Continue reading

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Kemlo

[Text from Wikipedia – Kemlo, contributed by Austin Tate and others] The Kemlo series is a collection of children’s science fiction novels written by Reginald Alec Martin, under the pseudonym of E. C. Eliott. The first book, Kemlo and the … Continue reading

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Look Up – Look Out – Reach Out

As a child growing up with Eagle comic’s Dan Dare, E.C. Eliott’s Kemlo books and TV programmes like Gerry Anderson’s Fireball XL5… watching the first human spaceflights in my teens and following the Apollo landings while at University looking “up … Continue reading

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Space City in OpenSim

A Space City region has been prepared in OSGrid and has on it mesh models of Fireball XL5 and the Space City base, along with some other space related 3D models, all uploaded via the Collada mesh import facilities now … Continue reading

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Deep Space 1 flies in OpenSim

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Deep Space 1 was the first spacecraft to be autonomously controlled by an onboard** AI planner and execution system in the Remote Agent eXperiment (RAX). The spacecraft flew with other novel and experimental technologies such … Continue reading

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Learning about artificial intelligence the interstellar way

Cooper, K. and Tate, A. (2013), Learning about artificial intelligence the interstellar way, Principium, Issue 4, Page 4, March/April 2013, Institute for Interstallar Studies.

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Institute for Interstellar Studies – I4IS

I have agreed to join in the programme of activities of the Institute for Interstellar Studies (I4IS) as a “Senior Scientist” with specific interests in Artificial Intelligence and remote vehicle operations. See I4IS senior researcher profile page. The launch of … Continue reading

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Space-Themed Games – Space Race Blast Off – NASA Multi-player Game on Facebook

NASA have created a web-based “game” to test knowledge of science, maths and technology. It is called “Space Race Blast Off“. NASA Press Release (30-Jan-2012) Facebook App URL: http://apps.facebook.com/spacerace Stand-alone Flash App: http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/spacerace/

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Space-Themed Games – Orbiter

Orbiter – Space Flight Simulator is a realistic simulation, using real world physics to provide a fun and educationally informative environment for flying spacecraft near the Earth, Moon, Mars and beyond. It was created by Martin Schweiger at UCL, and … Continue reading

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Space-Themed Games – NASA Moonbase Alpha

Another space-themed game with an educational purpose is “Moonbase Alpha” created for NASA’s Immersive Education programme and provides a game scenario with 20 minutes of play set on a hypothetical lunar outpost in 3D immersive setting. This is a proof … Continue reading

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Space-Themed Games – Entropia Universe

Mindark’s Entropia Universe is a space-themed MMORPG in which a player is transported to Planet Calypso by a shuttle, given a basis settlers suit and not much else. A lot has to be learned in terms of skills, trade and … Continue reading

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Europa Game Study – Mindark Entropia Universe and European Space Agency

In 2009-2010, Mindark’s Entropia Universe MMORPG team worked with the European Space Agency on a project entitled “Online Game Technology for Space Education and System Analysis”. This is a learning environment situated in a simulation of a base on Europa, … Continue reading

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MoonWorld Mission – Team Pythagoras

Mission to Timocharis region on the Moon. Ai Austin – Team Captain KaronMcB – Explorer indrimagri – Explorer Kimberley Pascal – Explorer MoonWorld Virtual Field Work: http://moonworld.cet.edu/ and http://www.avatrian.com/moonworld/ Mission Data Team Pythagoras Journal and Logs Teleport to Moon Orbit … Continue reading

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MooonWorld – Initial Experience and Analysis

We can look at MoonWorld from the perspective of Gee’s (2007) 36 Learning Principles. References Gee, J.P. (2007) What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy, revised edition, Palgrave Macmillan. Reese, D. D. (2008) GaME design for … Continue reading

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MoonWorld – Virtual World for Inquiry and Planetary Geology Field Work

MoonWorld in Second Life – http://moonworld.cet.edu/ – is a space themed virtual field trip style game encouraging the study of rocks and geology. It provides a lunar simulation in a 3D virtual environment and was funded by NASA. The instructional … Continue reading

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MoonWorld – Virtual Fieldwork in Second Life – Study of Lunar Rocks and Geology

MoonWorld in Second Life is a space themed virtual field trip style game encouraging the study of rocks and geology. It provides a lunar simulation in a 3D virtual environment and was funded by NASA. This educational and training project … Continue reading

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Space Themed Games for Learning

Space themed games are a very popular genre. I find space themes intrinsically interesting, as do many other people. From the very earliest console games with simple graphics such as Space Invaders and even non-graphical “in the mind” space adventures … Continue reading

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