3DView is a science tool that offers immediate 3D visualization of spacecraft position and attitude, planetary ephemerides, as well as scientific data (observations, simulations and models) representation. Orbits and attitudes are handled through SPICE kernels and related files from ESA or NASA repositories.
3DView is a versatile, lightweight and interactive tool, intended to be intuitive and easy to use.
3DView was originally designed and owned by CNES. The software license is now GPLv3 (open source). The source code is available and any modification must keep the initial sources in GPLv3. CDPP advises any potential user to inform the 3Dview team before re-using the code.
The following scientific missions are included: Cluster, Rosetta, Mars-Express, Venus-Express, Cassini, Galileo, Ulysses, Voyager1-2, Stereo, ACE, Wind, Geotail, SOHO, Giotto, Themis, Interball, ...
See the complete list here.
Supplementary missions are regularly added, as well as new functions. See releases versions on the left. The last one is the conjunction search (between spacecraft and ground based facilities).
3DView is connected via web-services to the AMDA and CDAWeb databases as well as to the LATMOS, FMI and SINP model databases. 3DView also enables planetary science data discovery through a dedicated EPN-TAP client, as well as a connection to the APIS database. IVOA SAMP is implemented for VOtable and CDF file exchange.
For a detailed description of the 3DView/CDPP capabilities, please read the
user guide. Read also the paper published in Planetary and Space Science and access supplementary information here.
3DView/CDPP runs as a JAVA webstart application; it is compatible with Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10, 11 as well as MAC OSX and LINUX
JAVA 8+ required (8u351+ not yet supported). See also java3D requirements
and FAQ When using multiple screens, 3D scene must be initialized in main one.
Only for those with java 64bits and more than 4GB of Memory