CSPICE_NVC2PL constructs a SPICE plane from a normal vector
and a constant.
normal [3,1] = size(normal); double = class(normal)
constant [1,1] = size(constant); double = class(constant)
are, respectively, a normal vector and constant
defining a plane. 'normal' need not be a unit
vector. Let the symbol < a, b > indicate the
inner product of vectors a and b; then the
then the geometric plane is the set of vectors x
in three-dimensional space that satisfy
< x, normal > = constant.
plane = cspice_nvc2pl( normal, constant )
plane a structure describing a SPICE plane defined by
'normal' and 'constant'
[1,1] = size(plane); struct = class(plane)
The structure has the fields:
normal: [3,1] = size(normal); double = class(normal)
constant: [1,1] = size(constant); double = class(constant)
Any numerical results shown for this example may differ between
platforms as the results depend on the SPICE kernels used as input
and the machine specific arithmetic implementation.
% Define an arbitrary normal and constant...
normal = [ 1.; 1.; 1. ];
constant = 23.;
% ...then construct the plane.
plane = cspice_nvc2pl( normal, constant );
Mice geometry routines that deal with planes use the `plane'
data type to represent input and output planes. This data type
makes the subroutine interfaces simpler and more uniform.
The Mice routines that produce SPICE planes from data that
define a plane are:
cspice_nvc2pl ( Normal vector and constant to plane )
cspice_nvp2pl ( Normal vector and point to plane )
cspice_psv2pl ( Point and spanning vectors to plane )
The Mice routines that convert SPICE planes to data that
define a plane are:
cspice_pl2nvc ( Plane to normal vector and constant )
cspice_pl2nvp ( Plane to normal vector and point )
cspice_pl2psv ( Plane to point and spanning vectors )
Any of these last three routines may be used to convert this
routine's output, 'plane', to another representation of a
For important details concerning this module's function, please refer to
the CSPICE routine nvc2pl_c.
-Mice Version 1.0.1, 27-AUG-2012, EDW (JPL)
Edited I/O section to conform to NAIF standard for Mice documentation.
-Mice Version 1.0.0, 30-DEC-2008, EDW (JPL)
normal vector and constant to plane