Spacecraft Virtual Reality


Arizona State University (Tempe Campus)


Iron Class (2018 – 2019)

Student Team

Wyatt Carlowe, Computer Science
John Castillo, Computer Science
Yuqi Liu, Computer Science
Paul Nathan, Computer Science
Megumi Satkowski, Computer Science
Thomas Wheeler, Computer Science
Anthony Trevino, Engineering Management

Academic Guidance

Dr. Daniel McCarville, Professor of Practice, ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
Dr. Ryan Meuth, Lecturer, Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering
Victor Surovec, ASU Mkr Services
Dr. Ming Zhao, Associate Professor, ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering


Arizona State University Library mkrspace

Project Description

This capstone project used virtual reality technology to create an immersive, interactive, and educational experience of the Psyche spacecraft and its journey that users can experience with Oculus Rift. Features such as the Psyche spacecraft’s solar panels, spectrometers, and other scientific equipment can be explored accurately in a user-friendly manner. This was tested at the ASU Earth and Space Open House on April 5, 2019. Once complete, this project will be made available to the public for download and use.

This image shows six undergraduates clustered around a computer testing an Oculus Rift experience of the Psyche spacecraft.

Testing the Psyche spacecraft virtual reality experience.











This work was created in partial fulfillment of Arizona State University Capstone Courses “CSE 485-496″ and “IEE 485-486”. 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.