TALOSS: Three-Dimensional Advanced Localization Observation Submarine Software

This new project from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center will test whether an integrated 3-D display can give the commanding officers of US submarines the ability to make better decisions faster.
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A flexible, modularized, 3-D data fusion visualization system has widespread applicability for both military and civilian applications. Under the sponsorship of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, located in Newport, Rhode Island, has created such a system for the visualization and integration of the submarine undersea battlespace. This system, TALOSS, has been designed to integrate a wide variety of the databases, both civilian and military. Because the software is modularized and written to run under Linux, it has the potential for transition as an open-source rendering and data fusion engine.

The ultimate aim of the project, funding permitting, is to develop a completely modularized TALOSS toolkit, unclassified portions of which will be made available for civilian use as open-source software. There are two primary motivations for this release: 1) the software was developed with public funds and should be made available to the general public if national security is not compromised, and 2) by making the unclassified portion of the software available, it is hoped that improvements in its operation by the Open Source community can be incorporated into the classified portion of the software enhancing its operation.

Douglas B. Maxwell is currently a member of the Weapons and Countermeasures branch (Code 2213) of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. He received his MS in Mechanical Engineering (2001) from Louisiana Tech University.

Richard Shell is an electrical/computer engineer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, Rhode Island. Richard Shell's current work in 3-D visualization has resulted in an invited paper and presentation at the Joint Aerospace Weapons System Support, Sensors and Symposium (JAWS S3) in 2002 as well as a paper/poster presentation at the European Undersea Defense Technology Conference (UDT), La Spezia, Italy, in 2002.

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