NASA Spinoff Database: Terrain Simulation

NASA Center: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Public Release Year: 1992
Reference Number: JPL-SO-42
Category: Consumer/Home/Recreation
Origin: Space Shuttle Flights, Landsat

A highlight of the IMAX film, Blue Planet, is a 100-second computer-generated animation of a flight and earthquake simulation along California's San Andreas Fault. Created by the VESA group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the sequence required the development of a technique to make possible terrain rendering of very large digital images. An image mosaic of California constructed from Landsat data made this possible. An advanced pyramidal terrain rendering technique was developed, significantly reducing the necessary time involved in transferring the Landsat data to film. The new technique has also enabled NASA to develop new perspective rendering technologies in order to cope with anticipated increased remote sensor data.

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Page Number in Published book: 62-63

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