Here we provide
links to other web sites that offer SPICE-based tools,
information related to SPICE, or general information on the subject of
Planetary Data System, Home Page
- Provides access
to all of the digital science data and related information offered by
NASA's Planetary Data System.
SPICE-aware Tools List (PDF)
- A listing of many examples of tools that use SPICE kernels and software
for some purpose, or that produce SPICE kernels.
Third-party Interfaces to SPICE
NAIF is pleased to see that third parties have built some additional interfaces to SPICE libraries, but we must caution that these interfaces have not been tested by NAIF. Any needed user support for these interfaces must be provided by the implementor.
NAIF, JPL and
Caltech do not endorse products, tools or services offered at
these sites, nor do they warrant the correctness of such products
for any particular use. Each potential user must make this assessment
for herself or himself.
Some work was done long ago on a NAIF instance of Python wrappers for
CSPICE, but there has been no advancement since then. Some SPICE users have
made their own, partial versions of a Python-‐CSPICE interface that they
seem willing to freely share. Two of these are as follows.
Probably there are still others: one could inquire about such using the "spice_discussion" Mailman list.
Andrew Annex authored and maintains the Python interface
SpiceyPy provides a pure idiomatic Python interface for nearly all CSPICE
functions and it integrates fully with NumPy. SpiceyPy has been repeatedly vetted and tested both by users and extensive unit test run in a continuous integration service. Precompiled Python wheels and Anaconda packages are available for Linux, MacOS, and Windows platforms for both Python 2.7.x and Python 3.5.x. Installation is as easy as "pip install spiceypy".
- The PDS' Ring Moons System node managed by Mark Showalter maintains a Python interface to the most widely used CSPICE functions. It also employs standard Python mechanisms for handling CSPICE exceptions. Installation instructions are provided for Mac OS, Windows and Ubuntu Linux.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Team at Arizona State University has built a Ruby wrapper for CSPICE that offers most commonly used SPICE functions. This wrapper is available under an open source license and is available for download in the standard Ruby gem format. Download, installation instructions, and basic API documentation are all available on the Ruby SPICE wrapper web page.
Astrodynamicist Daniel Adamo, using the Swift programming language, has successfully invoked CSPICE functions to obtain state vectors from planetary ephemerides under the MacOS operating system. He has carefully documented his steps in doing this and has graciously provided that information in a white paper. This paper provides techniques and coding examples.
A beta version of a Julia wrapper for CSPICE has been implemented by the Julia community. They say: "SPICE.jl covers most CSPICE functions except for those that already exist in Julia's standard library or can be approximated with a Julia one-liner. If there are (potential) Julia users among the SPICE community, please give SPICE.jl a try and report feedback and any issues you might encounter on the GitHub page."
Gregoire Henry of Royal Observatory of Belgium wrapped selected CSPICE functions with a nice Rust interface -- GitHub page and online documentation.
Other Possibly Useful Links
ESA SPICE Home Page
- Provides access to the SPICE facilities of the European Space Agency.
JAXA's SPICE Archives
- Provides access to the Selene (Kaguya), Hayabusa, Hayabusa-2 and Aktuski (Venus Climate Orbiter) SPICE archives produced by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
ISRO Science Data Center
- Provides access to the Indian Space Research Organization's Science Data Center, where ISRO's SPICE data for CH-1, MOM and CH-2 missions may be obtained by registered users.
Horizons Ephemeris System