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Microsoft, NASA Allow For 3D Shuttle View 84

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from the we-can-see-you-up-there dept.
C|Net reports that a 3D software version of the space shuttle Endeavor is in the works, thanks to a collaboration project between Microsoft and NASA. The Photosynth viewer will allow fans of the space program an unprecedented level of detail in examining the shuttle and its surrounds at the Kennedy Space Center. ""It's much like a 3D video game--people can explore, walk around or fly around the shuttle," said Adam Sheppard, group product manager for Microsoft Live Labs, which developed the viewer. NASA said that the project could lead to more initiatives with the software giant. Chris Kemp, director of strategic business development at NASA's Ames Research Center, said that, for example, NASA could use the Photosynth technology on future space missions for activities such as inspecting the International Space Station and viewing landing sites on the moon."
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Microsoft, NASA Allow For 3D Shuttle View

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  • Spelling! (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 06, 2007 @06:10AM (#20128343)
    It's British English "Endeavour", not American English "Endeavor".

    Because the British used to be good explorers, once.
  • Re:Spelling! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Half a dent (952274) on Monday August 06, 2007 @07:28AM (#20128633)
    I thought that it was the Maoris that discovered New Zealand - oh well, my mistake.
  • by peter303 (12292) on Monday August 06, 2007 @12:50PM (#20131445)
    In recent years MicroSoft labs (inluding UK and Beijing) have been co-authors on 20% of the papers. Thats pretty spectacular considering the conference has 90% paper rejection rate. Theyve talked about their photo-reconstruction R&D a couple times there. To me the main disappointment has been the lack of technology to mainstream MicroSoft computer products. Occasionally they've spunoff some of these results to startups.

    MicroSoft has had one of the ten largest industrial research labs in the world. Some people have accused it being a tax writeoff. They are sort of like Bell Labs and Xerox PARC in not commercializing alot of results and less like IBM and GE who are more successful. Many of MSFT's publiched results are linked on their website.

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