Intermap Technologies Corporation has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of certain of the assets of Aero-Sensing Radarsysteme GmbH, located near Munich, Germany. The Company also announced it has received a CDN $421,875 contract from prime contractor Jeppesen Sanderson, a Boeing Company, to supply high-accuracy mapping data for the Reno/Tahoe International Airport. Jeppesen has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – Langley Synthetic Vision Project, part of the NASA Aviation Safety program, to provide airport, terrain and geographic data.
Intermap will gather highly precise elevation mapping data for a 45 km (28 mile) radius around the airport using its proprietary IFSAR technology. The data will be used to create precision three-dimensional electronic images of the terrain that update a cockpit display in real time. They will provide the pilot with a visual reference frame when the view through the windshield is obscured by cloud or other inclement weather. Under such circumstances, this synthetic view of the ground will be particularly helpful during landings and take-offs at airports with challenging terrain issues.
“The goal is to improve aviation safety using sophisticated three-dimensional map data integrated in the latest avionics systems,” said Mike Fox, Flight Deck Applications Developer for Jeppesen Sanderson. “Technologies involved in the project include synthetic enhanced vision displays in aircraft cockpits, navigation databases, and accurate terrain databases for airports and air routes, combined with Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation information.”