See what the press and the industry are saying
about LandForm 3D Real-Time Terrain Modeler Products.
Joint FAA/NASA/RIS Flight Test Utilizes SmartCam3D/SmartTopo
March 2nd, 2006 - Ellington Field Houston, TX
The FAA, NASA, and RIS
conducted a flight test of a 3 panel version of SmartCam3D aboard an FAA
aircraft today. The test will study ways in which aviation data types can
be used to support advanced pilot displays, including as part of a UAV Glass
Cockpit using SmartCam3D. The SmartTopo technology is being studied for
its utility in runway approach inspection. You can download a video of the
flight from this location as a QuickTime movie.
NASA Tele-Operates SCOUT Rover using SmartCam3D
September 15th, 2005 - Meteor Crater, AZ
NASA remotely operated the SCOUT
rover using SmartCam3D in a 5 panel configuration at Meteor Crater this week.
The ACES advanced cockpit evaluation system was used for test and performed
beautifully operating the vehicle over the course of several miles. The
ACES uses SmartCam3D in a panoramic display mode which provides the operator
with a 180 degree field of view.
USAF UAV BattleLab and AFRL Evaluate SmartCam3D on Predator
September 1st, 2005 - Indian Springs AFAF, AZ
The USAF UAV BattleLab and AFRL
are conducting a study of the human effectiveness benefits of SmartCam3D for
USAF Predator aircrews, in support of USAF Air Combat Command. These
studies involve installing SmartCam3D in Predator Ground Control Segments and
flying numerous sorties using the technology.
NDIA Awards SmartCam3D Top5 Software of the Year
April 19th, 2005 - Salt Lake City, UT
The National Defense Industries Association identifies
SmartCam3D as one of the TOP5 US software programs of the year. Mike
Abernathy from RIS and Francisco Delgado from NASA accepted the dual awards for
SmartCam3D is Awarded NASA JSC Exceptional Software of the
June 2004 - Houston, TX
Dr. Janis White and Rapid Imaging Software, Inc. received
the NASA Johnson Space Center Exceptional Software of the Year award for the
SmartCam3D situation awareness software system. The award was presented by
General Howell in a ceremony Houston, Texas. The SmartCam3D software was
also first runner up for NASA agency-wide software of the year. Well done,
Janis and team!
LandForm® Guides X-38 Pilot in Successful Flight!
December 13th, 2001 - Edwards Air Force Base, CA
On December 13th, 2001, Astronaut Ken Ham successfully flew the X-38 from a
remote cockpit using LandForm VisualFlight as his primary situation awareness
display in a flight test at Edwards Air Force Base, California. This simulates
conditions of a real flight for the windowless spacecraft, which will eventually
become NASA's Crew Return Vehicle for the ISS. We believe that this is the first
test of a hybrid synthetic vision system which combines nose camera video with a
LandForm synthetic vision display. Described by astronauts as "the best seat in
the house", the system will ultimately make space travel safer by providing
situation awareness during the landing phase of flight.
Read more about LandForm in this AviationWeek article
LandForm® Develops New Map Projection for Planetary
September 29th, 2000 - Albuquerque, NM
Rapid Imaging Software announced the development of a new
map projection which will aid astronauts in navigating earth, as well as other
moons and planets. The new method to display maps is very beneficial to
astronauts and planetary explorers because it displays the surface of the planet
with minimum distortion nearest the spacecraft path, making landing site
selection much more intuitive.
Since planets tend to be spherical in shape, any mapping algorithm must distort
the curved surface in order to display it on a flat map. Traditional Plate Caree'
(or Plane Charts) distort least near the equator which is the central axis of
the map. The new projection called LandForm Orbital Projection uses the line of
the satellite orbit, instead of the equator, as the maps central axis with the
result that the satelite appears to move in a more or less straight down the
center of the chart. This provides the viewer with a much more natural
understanding of the terrain near the path of the satellite.
LandForm C3 Demonstrates Real-time Networked Flight
July 9th, 1999 - NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.
NASA engineers in Houston watched the X-38 flight test
live as it occurred at Edwards, AFB using the LandForm C3 software. LandForm
displayed the flight of the vehicle above terrain in real-time via a network