Spacecraft 3D Review – Ever thought about the crafts that go beyond the skies?

On November 19, 2012

App Type: Uncategorized

Spacecraft 3D Review – Ever thought about the crafts that go beyond the skies?

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By: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Version #: 1.0

Date Released: 2012-07-11

Developer: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Price: Free

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An interactive app, Spacecraft 3D was developed to give curious kids the answers they want while attempting to figure out the mysteries behind deep space.

As per the name suggests, Spacecraft 3D presents a virtual stereoscopic view of spacecraft sent out from earth in 3D model form. Users of the app can freely rotate and manipulate it around so as to get a good view of how the craft looks like. This is a plus point for those who find mere images published to the papers insufficient in understanding the inner mechanisms of these complicated machines. Rendering is clear, albeit not as defined as what I would expect it to be.

The interesting part about Spacecraft 3D would be the augmented reality system whereby users print out a target from the developers’ website, aim their device’s camera at it and the craft will be projected onto said target.

The list of crafts available to explore even includes the Curiosity rover recently sent to Mars.

Spacecraft 3D also gives users information about the spacecraft that they have selected, a very informative application indeed.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes

Learning Curve:N.A

Who Is It For:People who have always wondered about the inner workings of spacecraft

What I Like:The augmented reality function

What I Don't Like:Rendition of craft models are not that detailed

Final Statement:The sky is not the limit

Read the Developer's Notes:
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 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.

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A water polo player from Singapore, Wei Jie devotes most of his time to training. However, when he's not occupied by water training or pushing himself in the gym, expect to see him squinting at his iPhone testing out new apps.

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