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2 1. INTRODUCTION
3
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4 A. Neo-Geography Toolkit
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6 The Neo-Geography Toolkit (NGT) is a collection of tools for automated
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7 processing of geospatial data, including images and maps. It is capable
8 of processing raw raster data from remote sensing instruments and
9 transforming it into useful cartographic products, such as visible image
10 base maps, topographic models, etc. Additionally, components of the NGT
11 can perform data processing on extremely large geospatial data sets (up
12 to several tens of terabytes) via parallel processing pipelines.
13 Finally, it can also transform raw metadata (i.e. SPICE kernels and PDS
14 image labels), vector data (e.g., 2D/3D shape files), and geo-tagged
15 data sets into standard NeoGeography data formats, such as KML. NGT is
16 an evolving collection of loosely connected open-source modules designed
17 by the NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group. Modules of the NGT will be
18 released one at a time, as they reach maturity. To date, we have
19 completed only one module: the NASA Ames Stereo Pipeline, but more will
20 soon follow. Check this website for the latest updates.
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22 B. Stereo Pipeline
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24 The NASA Ames Stereo Pipeline (ASP) is a suite of automated geodesy &
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25 stereogrammetry tools designed for processing planetary imagery captured
26 from orbiting and landed robotic explorers on other planets. It was
27 designed to process stereo imagery captured by NASA spacecraft and
28 produce cartographic products including digital elevation models (DEMs),
29 ortho-projected imagery, and 3D models. These data products are suitable
30 for science analysis, mission planning, and public outreach.
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32 This version of the Stereo Pipeline is designed as an add-on to an
33 existing installation of the USGS Integrated Software for Imagers and
34 Spectrometers (ISIS). ISIS is widely used in the planetary science
35 community for processing raw spacecraft imagery into high level data
36 products of scientific interest such as map projected and mosaicked
37 imagery.
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39 This version of the Stereo Pipeline is tested against ISIS version
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40 3.4.0. The Stereo Pipeline binary distribution requires this version.
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41 The source distribution recommends this version, but may work with other
42 versions.
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45 2. LICENSE (see COPYING for the full text)
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47 A. Copyright and License Summary
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49 Copyright (c) 2009-2012, United States Government as represented by the
50 Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. All
51 rights reserved.
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53 The NGT platform (of which ASP is a part of) is licensed under the
54 Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file
55 except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the
56 License at http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
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58 Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
59 distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
60 WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
61 See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
62 limitations under the License.
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63
64 B. Third-Party Libraries
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66 This distribution may include some bundled third-party software as a
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67 convenience to the user. This software, located in the "thirdparty/"
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68 directory of the source code release, is not covered by the
69 above-mentioned distribution agreement or copyright. Binary releases
70 distribute third party software in both the "bin" and "lib"
71 directories. See the included documentation for detailed copyright
72 and license information for any third-party software or check the
73 THIRDPARTYLICENSES file. In addition, various pieces of the NGT
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74 depend on additional third-party libraries that the user is expected
75 to have installed.
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78 3. DOCUMENTATION
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80 The primary source of documentation is the Stereo Pipeline Book. The
81 binary distribution contains the book, named "asp_book.pdf", and the
82 source distribution contains the LaTeX source of the book in the
83 docs/book subdirectory.
84
85 The book includes a gentle introduction to using the Stereo Pipeline, as
86 well as documentation for each of its major processes. A copy of this
87 document in PDF format is also available from wherever you obtained this
88 package.
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91 4. CONTACTS & CREDITS
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93 A. Mailing List
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95 All bugs, feature requests, and general discussion should be sent to
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96 the NGT user mailing list:
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98 stereo-pipeline@lists.nasa.gov
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100 To subscribe to this list, send an empty email message with the subject
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101 'subscribe' (without the quotes) to
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103 stereo-pipeline@lists.nasa.gov
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104
105 To contact the lead developers and project manager directly, send mail
106 to:
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108 stereo-pipeline@lists.nasa.gov
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110 Please do NOT use this second list for technical inquiries, which
111 should all be sent to the main stereo-pipeline list above.
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112
113 B. Credits
114
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115 The NGT was developed within the Autonomous Systems and
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116 Robotics area of the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA's Ames
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117 Research Center. It leverages the Intelligent Robotics Group's (IRG)
118 extensive experience developing surface reconstruction and tools for
119 planetary exploration---e.g. the Mars Pathfinder and Mars Exploration
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120 Rover missions---and rover autonomy. It has also been developed in
121 collaboration with the Adaptive Control and Evolvable Systems (ACES)
122 group, and draws on their experience developing computer vision
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123 techniques for autonomous vehicle control systems.
124
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125 See the AUTHORS file for a complete list of developers.
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