December 9, 2013
MetaVR has unveiled an aircraft-mounted system for using geospatial data to generate 3-D terrain maps.
The company describes the system as a “low-cost process for collecting imagery of an area of interest with a portable aircraft, and using that imagery in building geospecific 3D terrain with 3 [centimeter] per pixel resolution imagery for real-time simulation.”
According to Defense News data is collected by a MetaVRC, a small, hand-launched UAV that flies below 400 feet and can capture 2,500 still-frame images of a 5-square-kilometer area. The raw aerial images are then orthorectified and combined with elevation data, which then generates terrain data inputs for MetaVR’s Terrain Tools for Esri ArcGIS. This allows a synthetic environment to be rendered in MetaVR’s Virtual Reality Scene Generator.
“The aerial imagery can also be used to create custom 3D models of any or all of the surrounding area elements, based upon the aerial imagery and supplemented with ground-level photographs,” MetaVR said.
NEW DELHI (PTI): Reflecting their close defence ties, the Indian Navy for the first time will take part in one of the world's biggest naval wargames hosted by the US in Hawaii in June next year.
More than 20 countries, including China and Japan, are expected to take part in the international maritime war exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC).
Indian Navy will be sending its warships for the multilateral exercise hosted by the US Pacific Command in which it has so far been only an observer, sources said.
RIMPAC 2014 is expected to see the participation of all types of naval vessels and aircraft, including surface warships, submarines, surveillance platforms and reconnaissance planes.
Navy sources said no final decision has so far been taken by the government about the ships and aircraft to be sent for the wargames.
India and the US have been enhancing defence ties in the last decade and the navies of the two countries have held the Malabar and Salvex series of exercises.
In the Malabar series wargames, Indian and American warships have held drills in either the Bay of Bengal or the Arabian Sea.
The two sides had involved the Japanese maritime forces in the wargames in 2007 but India decided against having multilateral exercises after China raised questions over the intent behind such moves.