Spacecraft Virtual Reality


Arizona State University


Cobalt Class (2019 – 2020)


Edgar Chaidez, Computer Science
Triston Cradic, Engineering Management
Eric Szmutko, Computer Science (Software Engineering)
Vincent Vu, Computer Science
Evan Weiss, Computer Science, Neuroscience (Double Major)
Dominic Zygadlo, Computer Science, Statistics (Double Major)


Victor Surovec, Program Coordinator ASU MKRspace


Dr. Joe Juarez, Lecturer, ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
Dr. Ming Zhao, Associate Professor, ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
Dr. Helen Chavez, Lecturer, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, ASU


To visualize the size of the Psyche spacecraft and the placement and relative size of the instruments, a team is making a spacecraft virtual reality experience using Oculus Rift. The team is considering how to help the viewer understand the relative sizes of what they are looking at and to position the spacecraft around an object (the asteroid). The team will deliver an Oculus Rift experience with the ability to explore the Psyche spacecraft, manipulate its positioning, provide a sense of scale and, ideally position it around the Psyche asteroid.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Arizona State University Capstone Courses “CSE 485 & IEE 485”. The work is a result of the Psyche Student Collaborations component of NASA’s Psyche Mission ( “Psyche: A Journey to a Metal World” [Contract number NNM16AA09C] is part of the NASA Discovery Program mission to solar system targets. Trade names and trademarks of ASU and NASA are used in this work for identification only. Their usage does not constitute an official endorsement, either expressed or implied, by Arizona State University or National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of ASU or NASA.