16 January 2017, 0000 UTC
WxOps WorldWind Earth Achieves SBIR Milestone
Vanessa Haley and Peter Subacz
WxOps has released WorldWind Earth version 0.6.1 to github. This release of software and test data to open source meets and exceeds the goals of WxOps’ SBIR Phase 1 objectives towards an operational geobrowser-based Common Operating Environment (COE). Our SBIR innovation adds an EarthLib COM API emulation to NASA WorldWind JAVA, allowing cross-process coordination between WxOps WorldWind Earth (WWE) and third party applications. When coupled with WxOps proprietary OpsTablet®, a geobrowser-based COE enables pilots and dispatchers to coordinate flight planning changes during long-haul flights, reducing multiple risks to commercial aircraft operations. Previously available only on Microsoft Windows, WxOps EarthLib extends the WWE geobrowser-based COE to other operating systems including Linux and Mac OSX. Since WWE is a client side application and can operate offline, OpsTablet® users are provided with uninterrupted services when internet connectivity is unavailable.
WWE version 0.6.1
emulates key EarthLib COM API functions for geobrowser NAVIGATION, and
introduces new JAVA classes for geobrowser ANIMATION. Florida Institute of
Technology students Peter Subacz (Ocean Engineering) and Vanessa Haley
(Atmospheric Sciences) joined WxOps to develop WWE in JAVA under the guidance
of WxOps CIO Dr. Scott T. Shipley. Of the thirty (30) primary functions
released by KeyHole in EarthLib COM API, WxOps EarthLib targets thirteen (13)
of these for OpsTablet® requirements, and two (2) functions are currently
WxOps WorldWind Earth (WWE) is presented by Mark Spence to the International Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Conference in Honolulu on 3 November 2016. In this demonstration, touch navigation control is performed during the animation of NEXRAD 4DKMZ COLLADA-based KML for Hurricane Dolly (2008).
More information on WWE open source and test data available at https://wxops.com/demo
23 June 2016, 0000 UTC
WorldWind Integration at Hawaiian Airlines
Scott T. Shipley and Mark D. Spence, WxOps Inc.
NASA has selected Honolulu-based WxOps Inc. to develop a reliable, secure and open geobrowser under the 2016 Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. The primary goal of the project is to enhance and harden NASA WorldWind open source functionality to meet and potentially exceed current geobrowser capabilities used for Flight Operations at Hawaiian Airlines. This effort is currently underway. In addition to desktop systems now used by dispatch personnel, WorldWind is slated to replace geobrowsers on the Pilot’s tablets (PIDS) and Class 2 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) tablets (CIDS) deployed across the Hawaiian Airlines fleet. WorldWind open source is being configured to duplicate the necessary and sufficient functions of Google Earth 18.104.22.1684 for Windows, including the COM API. This configuration will allow WorldWind to “drop in” to Hawaiian’s existing tablets, and work seamlessly with WxOps’ OpsTablet® software. An early demo of OpsTablet® on WorldWind JAVA for the PIDS application is shown in Figure 1. Upon successful project completion, the new WorldWind open source software will be available to the aviation community.
Figure 1 – An early demo of OpsTablet® on WorldWind JAVA for Pilot tablets at Hawaiian Airlines.
The OpsTablet® application provides a uniform user interface across pilot (PIDS) aircraft (CIDS) and dispatcher systems.
Founded in 2010, WxOps specializes in the areas of meteorology and airline operations software. WxOps’ patent pending OpsTablet® software and 4D geospatial system is used by commercial airline customers to achieve unprecedented Airline Operation Control (AOC) using a geobrowser based Common Operating Environment (COE). OpsTablet® is used before flight for flight planning and briefing, during flight for flight monitoring, and after flight for history, forensics and archive retrieval.
May 1st 2016, 1800 UTC
NASA selects WxOps for 4D Geospatial Integration
NASA has selected Honolulu based WxOps Inc. for development of a reliable, secure and open geobrowser under the 2016 Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. The primary goal of the project will be to research ways to enhance and harden NASA World Wind open source functionality to meet and potentially exceed current geobrowser best practices and security. Upon successful project completion, new software based on NASA’s World Wind technology will be available to the open source community.
Founded in 2010, WxOps specializes in the areas of meteorology and airline operations software. WxOps, Inc. offers a range of products and services including:
· 4D geospatial displays and associated data
· Regulatory document management
· Mobile communications software for tablets
· Integration of 4D (OGC compliant) data and systems between AOC and EFB platforms
· Near to mid-term FAA NextGen requirements in the NAS environment
· Satcom delivery of operational and weather data over oceanic, polar and remote areas
· Enhanced aircraft position data
· Enhanced icing, convection, turbulence and volcanic ash displays
WxOps’ patent pending OpsTablet® software and 4D geospatial system is used by commercial airline customers to achieve unprecedented Airline Operation Control (AOC) using a geobrowser based Common Operating Environment (COE). OpsTablet® is used before flight for flight planning and briefing, during flight for flight monitoring, and after flight for history, forensics and archive retrieval.
Future commercial development plans include the integration of OpsTablet® and related flight operations software onto multiple computer platforms.
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