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The plate_renderer is a tool for simulating camera observations on small bodies.

With the given epoch, spacecraft position, attitude, instrument information, and the target shape, it can output a simulated camera image and observation geometries at that epoch. Although it is originally developed for Hayabusa and Hayabusa 2 missions, it can be easily modified to simulate observations of other small body missions.

The plate_renderer is work with the SPICE toolkit developed by NAIF/JPL/NASA. You have to install the toolkit to compile the plate_renderer. CFITSIO is also required.



SPICE kernels

The plate_rendere requires both mission-specific and generic SPICE kernels.


Please send your questions and comments to Naru Hirata ( or our group mail address (

plate_renderer/top.txt · Last modified: 2020/10/14 20:34 by Naru Hirata