Development of an Image Data Base for a Low Cost Flight Simulator Vision System
With the new opportunities afforded by improving technology, real time flight simulation graphics are available with low cost PC (IBM or IBM compatible) based systems. One such system is 3DViewII from XTAR Electronics. 3DViewII consists of an array processor, a graphics processor, and the software utilities required to control and coordinate these cards with the PC host. This leaves the user with the task of developing the data base and the controlling program for his needs. A useful tool in developing a data base is AutoCAD. AutoCAD provides many helpful two and three-dimensional drawing tools as well as organizational and visual enhancements which allow the data base designer creativity and control during the construction process. 3DViewII provides a utility to convert AutoCAD output to 3DViewII compatible form. The actual flight presentation shows that 3DViewII is capable of displaying relatively simple flight scenes in real time. Take-offs and landings can contain ground level detail and provide a much better display. Memory storage and processing limitations force the 3DViewII user to carefully organize the data base and develop a parsing scheme which allows the maximum level of scene detail for long flights.
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Hannon, Eric John, "Development of an Image Data Base for a Low Cost Flight Simulator Vision System" (1989). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4146.