A View from Above Without Leaving the Ground

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A View from Above Without Leaving the Ground

In 1996, Goddard Space Flight Center agreed to establish a Regional Applications Center at Florida International University. TerraFly, one of the projects stemming from the collaborative effort, makes it possible for users to fly over" vast areas of land using only an ordinary Web browser. TerraFly does not require the installation or downloading of any specialized geographic information systems software unlike many other data systems. The Internet-based technology was developed to make geospatial data more accessible to the average user. It is currently one of the largest publicly accessible image repositories on the Web hosting more than 30 terabytes of data including land urban and coastal imagery collected by satellites aerial photography and other means of remote sensing. Whether it is sheer personal interest to navigate the American skies or map-planning for land development or zoning TerraFly was designed to be a simple and convenient system for users of all levels (by simply typing in a street address or a zip code one can obtain an overhead view of the desired location). In flying over the imagery the user can see various overlays including road names public buildings and landmarks. With varying resolutions a user can get close enough to see cars parked on the streets or far enough to view the land as it actually looks from high above the clouds."
Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
GSFC-SO-86
Patent Status: 
Agency
NASA
State: 
Maryland
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