Road Map

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This Road Map should give an indication of the near future of the World Wind project.


Next Release

  • 1.3.4
  • Expected: April, 2006

Upcoming Changes

For a schedule of upcoming changes and features, please see the Issue Tracker Road Map.

In addition, the following list serves as an informational pointer to planned significant changes to the core of World Wind.


This should be called the National Guard release, as many of the enhancements address their wish list, i.e., XML from remote locations, an attribute to refresh the elements in a layer, better elevation and improved implementation of Shapefiles. Elevation will now include oceanic bathymetry (cruise the ocean depths). Bathymetry, in conjunction with seismic information, will be very useful to predict tsunami activity, potentially saving thousands of lives and billions of dollars. Some new NASA datasets will be made available, including higher resolution for Earth, the OnEarth and ToMars data (compliments of JPL's Lucian Plesea). There will be ten different datasets for Mars. Venus may even make an appearance from under her veil of CO2! The Sloan Digital Sky Server will also come available. SDSS imagery allows everyone to visit infinity's threshold, deep celestial space, from the comfort of their home. The scientific implications for this release are great.


This branch has been cancelled. There will be no 1.4 release.


NASA is refactoring the implementation of World Wind to a multiplatform API-centric architecture (.NET & Java). World Wind functionalities are being 'off-loaded' to modular components, leaving the API at the core. The architecture of these two refactored implementations is identical. This will allow plugins to be used interchangeably, via Python, or require only minimal customization. This refactoring exercise will also allow World Wind to be accessed via a browser. NASA World Wind optimizes ready access to NASA's scientific data for mission planning, research, science, government, academia, and education, while also readily allowing for the customization necessary to serve the needs of each.

The current estimated timeframe is 30 September 2006.

Lead NASA World Wind .NET developer: Chris Maxwell.

Lead NASA World Wind Java developer: Tom Gaskins.

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