TechConnect Innovation Program

Software for Real-Time, High-Resolution Terrain Information in Computing-Constrained Environments

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, CA, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Data adaptive algorithms are the critically enabling technology for automatic collision avoidance system efforts at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. These Armstrong-developed algorithms provide an extensive and highly efficient encoding process for global-scale digital terrain maps (DTMs) along with a real-time decoding process to locally render map data.

Primary Application Area: Defense & Transportation

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 5

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: The software intelligently interprets maps rather than requiring absolute retention of all data. This eliminates the need to maintain absolute retention of all data and achieves a much higher encoding process ratio than conventional software, allowing storage of a larger library of DTMs and enabling comprehensive map coverage continuously.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 322

Website: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/ipp/centers/dfrc/index.html

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: This technology was developed by NASA.

Primary Sources of Funding: Other

Looking for: Development / License Partners