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Cortona 3D

Office Location


  • Cortona 3D 
    Block B, Unit 2 
    Broomfield Business Park 
    Co. Dublin 

Contact Details

George Pachikov


Cortona3D RapidAuthor is a powerful authoring tool for building 3D-powered technical information. The user can easily produce standards-compliant multi-mode manuals and training by combining 3D animations and existing training documentation in standardised formats. 

Research shows that the interactive 3D element improves comprehension, retention, and on-the-job performance, particularly in the operation of complex machinery or systems. Following several large-scale deployments over ten years in the European Space Agency Cortona3D has a proven track record in driving quality-critical training of space crews and astronauts as well as improving technical documentation and logistic and support processes. 

Our expertise

Cortona 3D software solutions streamline the authoring of all types of technical documentation from parts catalogs to technical manuals to work instructions and interactive training. Including interactive 3D content such as animated procedures and exploded views of parts and assemblies, improves their quality, and enhances the user’s learning and efficiency.

Service domain

  • Human Spaceflight

Technology domain

  • Space Systems Software 

Products, services and projects

Cortona3D’s software was chosen by the European Space Agency (ESA) for spacecraft crew and astronauts training for the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), a fleet of 20-tonne space transport vehicles used to bring fresh food, clothes, water, fuel, experiments, and oxygen to the International Space Station (ISS). 


Cortona3D RapidAuthor software was used by astronaut instructors to create animated 3D simulations showing step-by-step procedures with new levels of detail and interactivity. The software teaches astronauts complex tasks before manipulating real equipment and enables them to practice these procedures learned at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC), on their laptops over and over again, even in orbit. 

Recently Cortona3D developed the 3D Procedure Authoring Tool for ESA which combines operational procedure authoring with interactive 3D animation authoring. 


“The interactive learning tool has proven to be a big hit with astronauts and cosmonauts alike! When you impress an astronaut, you know you have done something really special,” pointed out the head of ATV training at EAC, Richard Moss. “Astronauts recognise the help Cortona3Ds’ interactive tools will give them. It will save time and mistakes, in an environment where errors cost lives.”

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