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 (furthering oceanic research). Bathymetry, in conjunction with seismic information, will prove very useful for tsunami early warning systems, potentially saving thousands of lives and billions of dollars. Some additional public domain NASA datasets will be made available for Earth, Mars, and Venus (OnEarth and ToMars data compliments of JPL's Lucian Plesea). Mars will include ten different datasets. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey SkyServer will also come available. The SDSS SkyServer imagery allows one to witness infinity's threshold from the comfort of their home. The implications of this release for planetary science and deep celestial space are compelling.


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, both in .NET & Java. World Wind functionalities are being 'off-loaded' to modular components, leaving the API at the core. The architecture of these implementations will remain 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 varying needs and interests.

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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