Eric Myers

Eric Myers

I am one of the Codemasters for OpenSpace. I am a physicist, currently teaching at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and I live in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Posts by Eric Myers

SCI Utah!

SCI Utah!

On February 2nd and 3rd a group of OpenSpace developers and project leaders met at the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI) at the University of Utah to plan out our activities for the coming year. Over those two days there was a lot to discuss. After hearing reports on current status of functionality, software,
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Getting started in the New Year

Getting started in the New Year

It’s been a bit quiet in OpenSpace development with the holidays and people traveling and such, but some progress has been made. Emil completed the main part of his work on refactoring the SceneGraph API and pushed the branch to GitHub for testing. Unfortunately it doesn’t build on Linux and Mac yet, so some small
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Ending the old year, getting ready for the new

Ending the old year, getting ready for the new

Alex: The “develop” branch on github has been pulled into the “master” branch, creating a new stable beta release, with version number 0.6.0 and labeled “prerelease-11 (AGU)”. Carter used this code yesterday at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union this week in San Francisco. So far this is just a change to the branch,
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OpenSpace Builders Community

After the Buildathon

Alex: So many things have happened since the last blog post! Apart from restructuring the way scene graph transformations are reported in the GUI and the performance measurements, there has been some more work on providing documentation. Every key binding now has an optional user-facing documentation describing what the key does. Combining this with the
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AMNH Buildathon ’16

AMNH Buildathon ’16

On Saturday, October 29, 2016 a group of 21 “builders” met all day in a classroom at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City for the 2016 OpenSpace Buildathon. Participants divided into two teams to put together OpenSpace scenes for the Cassini mission to Saturn and the Messenger mission to Mercury.
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Getting ready for the Buildathon

Getting ready for the Buildathon

Gene: Last week I worked more on satellite rendering using TLE data, and got this working. Satellite position is a little off in some places, so I am switching to an earth-centered inertial coordinate system next to try to improve the position accuracy. Alex: Last week I was mostly busy with helping out the Buildathon
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Globe Browsing progress report

Globe Browsing progress report

Erik and Kalle: Since our last blogpost in mid July, we have implemented quite a few features, both within the globebrowsing module and the core and base module of OpenSpace. Most of the core and base module features are byproducts of the development of the OSIRIS-REx visualization, for which we were both hired an extra
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Atmosphere and Orbital Elements

Atmosphere and Orbital Elements

There’s been a whole lot of writing going on, as Alex, Erik, and Kalle all have been working on their theses. Meanwhile, there’s been some code development too: Gene: During the last week I worked on getting the correct orbital position from the Kepler ephemeris. I’ve made some changes to the code, but still troubleshooting.
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Two-Line-Element ephemeris and Build Status

Two-Line-Element ephemeris and Build Status

Gene: Last week I worked on the Mac version: build issues after merge with latest develop branch, and Jenkins Mac node. Mainly I worked on getting Two-Line-Element ephemeris to work. A feature with simulated orbiting satellites was working before a recent merge. After the merge, however, the satellites were stationary, and so I dug in
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OpenSpace NYC: Cassini & Messenger Buildathon

See Your Visualizations of NASA Missions on the Planetarium Dome! Calling all 3D Artists, Graphics Programmers & Software Developers, Astronomers & Astrophysicists: Would you like to see your own interactive space simulation running on the Hayden Planetarium dome? Come join our OpenSpace “Buildathon” and be among the first to join the OpenSpace creator community! The
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