NASA World Wind What is NASA World Wind? • A richly interactive 3D planetary visualization tool. • Smart client architecture. • Portal for NASA data. • Integrates data from a variety of sources. Why NASA World Wind? • NASA has a great wealth of planetary science data • Standards-based and highly extensible .NET 3D planetary viewing tool – Earth…Moon…Mars… • Supports research, academia, education and public awareness Smart Client Technology • Algorithms optimize the integration and seamless blending of multiple data sources – Combine diverse data formats of broad ranging resolutions – Data is streamed simultaneously from multiple servers Extensible Technology • API architecture provides for a fully configurable client – Unlimited customization via plugins • E.g., Real-time tracking of the International Space Station, etc. – Unlimited functionality via XML files and plug-in modules without any need to change the code • Digital Aeronautical Flight Information (NGA) Plug-In Example • Air Traffic Control – Flight path visualization – Air traffic patterns and other 3D simulations readily shared and analyzed – Provide more intuitive views than traditional projection, e.g., polar routes Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File Base Data Composition DAACs Earth Science • NASA Geospatial Interoperability Office building portal to DAAC’s. World Wind will deliver the 3D data. Planetary Science Education Significance • International 10-week 10th-grade curriculum on the origin of life developed via Space Act agreement with Australia & the U.K. • NASA Earth Science curriculum development Humanitarian Significance • UN Division of Early Warning and Assessment – World health, agricultural support, drought forecast, etc. • US Agency for International Development – SERVIR MesoAmerica Project International Significance • World Wind used at the presidential decision-making level for Costa Rica and Panama regarding the Sixaola River, their international border, where flooding caused the ‘border’ to change. Press International computer magazines: Germany, Poland, Greece, Italy, China, Japan, Hungary, Netherlands, U.K., Spain, etc. Total Use • >100,000 new unique IPs per week • >1 million downloads a month • >100 requests for imagery per second Open Source Benefits • Enhanced Software Quality – Open source community provides increasing sophistication and expansion of features and functionality – Extensive testing of new and existing features on a wide range of software and hardware configurations – Extensive bug identification, tracking, and resolution Conclusion • Provides the standards-based platform for effective expansion of an information delivery infrastructure. • Leverages entrenched technology, just as with the first generation web browser, but now for 3D data. • Unlimited commercial opportunities via proprietary plug-in modules for information delivery. • Millions of users distributed among federal agencies, academic institutions, commercial organizations, and the general public.