nScape™ 3D Terrain Engine

TerraMetrics nScape is an advanced multi-threaded 3D terrain rendering engine providing global terrain generation with rich satellite imagery texture rendering. The nScape engine provides developers with an efficient toolset for mobile and mission-critical applications like embedded flight displays, mobile mapping and out-the-window simulators.

The nScape engine is a shader-based OpenGL ES 2.0 / OpenGL 3.3 library, available in object and source code forms supporting Linux Mobile, Linux Desktop and Windows OS environments. It utilizes compressed, multi-LOD source terrain and satellite imagery texture maps and a patented block-loading methodology that provides fast data access and loading at a global scale. Terrain vertices are fully stitched and connected providing a seamless parametric terrain surface with clean rendering characteristics. nScape can simultaneously render multiple viewpoints to support stereoscopic 3D display and multiple landscape definitions to support Head-Mounted Displays and their inherently fast user response requirements.

nScape is built to be compact and efficient for embedded and mobile applications and is provided standard with these features:

  • Linux Mobile / Desktop and Windows OSs
  • OpenGL ES 2.0 / OpenGL 3.3
  • Shader-based Architecture
  • Extreme Performance, Compact for Mobile
  • Global TruEarth 15m Imagery / 90m Terrain Basemap
  • Local TruEarth 1m Imagery / 10m Terrain Local Insets
  • ITAR-compliant version

nScape is ideal for these applications:

  • Synthetic Vision
  • IFE Moving Maps
  • Flight/Mission Planning
  • UAS Mapping and Flight Control
  • Simulation
  • Broadcast News and Weather Systems

The nScape shader architecture offers on-the-fly, broadly flexible terrain geometry and texture modifiers, like these terrain color options:

  • Grayscale
  • Terrain height heatmap
  • FAA Sectional colors
  • Dynamic TAWS AGL coloring
  • TruEarth satellite imagery

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