Orbx Simulation Systems, one of the original producers of flight simulation add-ons, is working with Bluesky to develop new products and technologies for the UK. Utilising nationwide coverage of Bluesky’s aerial photography, Orbx will use its in-house developed tools to create realistic in-flight imagery of the underlying landscapes. Additional detail, derived from Bluesky’s National Tree Map and Heighted Building datasets, is being used to add 3D objects to produce accurate and realistic simulations.
“When we decided to launch an exciting range of new products and technologies for the UK we approached Bluesky as they were the only company offering the variety of data we required with the coverage we needed,” commented Tony Wroblewski, Lead Developer at Orbx Simulation Systems. “The aerial photography from Bluesky is also the most up to date available and importantly does not have cloud cover. Bluesky were responsive and helpful throughout the entire process.”
The Bluesky data used by Orbx includes nationwide coverage of high resolution orthorectified aerial photography, which is continuously updated on a rolling three year programme. Orbx is also using Bluesky’s unique National Tree Map database, which details the location, height and canopy cover of nearly 300 million trees and its Heighted Building database, which provides accurate height measurement for around 40 million buildings.
The team behind Orbx developed its first terrain project for use in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 (FS2004). Encouraged by an overwhelming response the series, known as Vista Australia or VOZ, became the most popular download for Microsoft FS2004 with a thriving user community and growing interest from designers and developers. With the advent of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X (FSX), Lockheed Martin's Prepar3D (P3D) and Laminar Research’s X-Plane 11, Orbx continues to capitalise on new engines redefining the boundaries of high resolution terrain scenery and airports.
Over the past eight years Orbx has invested heavily in building an impressive collection of intellectual property including unique object libraries, new Flow technologies and a proven workflow for building exciting terrain regions and highly detailed airports. Orbx now actively develops for multiple flight simulation platforms and has released over 130 of its award winning payware FTX products and over 500 freeware products.