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Pursuing Multisensor GUI Advances
AFRL-developed Pursuer technology provides users a graphical user interface for assimilating multisensor imagery and metadata for review in one composite display. (AFRL image)
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Pursuing Multisensor GUI Advances

Posted 6/15/2010   Updated 6/22/2010 Email story   Print story


by Beverley Thompson

6/15/2010 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Air Force Research Laboratory sensors scientists have developed a graphical user interface capable of assimilating wide-area motion imagery, ground-based sensor data, and narrow-field-of-view sensor overlays for review in one composite display composed of multisensor imagery and associated metadata. Dubbed Pursuer, the technology builds upon the NASA's World Wind Java, a software engine that overlays NASA and US Geological Survey satellite imagery, aerial photography, topographic maps, and publicly available geographical information system data on three-dimensional models of earth and other planets. Accordingly, AFRL's Pursuer provides a time model that enables users to step through a collection of sensor data in a "TiVo-like" (i.e., digital-video-recording-type) capacity. The technology also incorporates a variety of additional tools--such as frame-to-frame stabilization, brightness/contrast adjustment, user markup annotation, screen capture, distance calculator, manual tracking, and movie creation--enabling users to exploit the captured sensor data to the fullest possible extent.

AFRL is working to further develop Pursuer by hosting the product in a collaborative software environment known as Forge.mil. Similar to the open source Sourceforge.net software development site, Forge.mil offers Department of Defense developers a secure collaboration environment controlled by Common Access Card authentication and security. Interested (authorized) parties can access the Pursuer source code under the RYA - SPADE [AFRL Sensors Directorate, Automatic Target Recognition - Spatially Diverse Electronic Attack] project on Forge.mil.

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