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Lunar QuickMap

ACT-REACT-QuickMap provides an easy-to-use yet powerful web interface for map related products. Designed with the end-user in mind, QuickMap offers seamless access to numeric data layers, without the tedium of handling file format details and data ingestion and archive structures.

It leverages on ACT's PIPE architecture, for capabilities of data ingestion, publishing and analysis (which has been proven over many NASA/NOAA/DoD Missions).

For NASA satellite missions, and when used in conjunction with PIPE/MSHELL, it provides mission progress monitoring in the form of:

  • Global and regional mosaics as the result of specific data collection campaigns
  • Digital Elevation Models
  • Instrument coverage views (where observations have taken place)
  • Location overlays: nomenclature, recent feature images, sites of interest, ...
  • Special products, e.g. master target collection status and master target mosaics
  • Satellite position (based on JPL/NAIF/SPICE kernels), and automatic tracking of present position
  • Ability to validate products and fuse data across missions and across servers

For commercial applications it can be used by aerial remote sensing service providers that fly sensors in either planes or drones supporting specific customer needs.

QuickMap has similarities to other web based applications such as Google Maps. However, it differs by offering:

  • Rapid data updates supporting mission progress
  • On-the-fly product generation (Pre-caching of all possible products is not required)
  • Most layers in QuickMap are geophysical parameters in numeric format from multiple planetary missions
  • Interactive access (statistical probes or profiling) to the actual numeric data layers
  • Can add virtual layers on the fly from user provided algebraic or boolean expressions
  • Given a sub region, the user can download a cartographic cube with all geophysical parameters available
  • User can add layers with his own image file (GeoTIFF) or vector data (shapefile or GeoJSON or CSV )

Mission Proven - QuickMap is directly supporting a number of NASA Missions.

  • The Science Team members have immediate access to all data for early analysis and cross validation. 
  • The Public has access to all products already delivered to the NASA/PDS by the active missions. 


Mission QuickMap

Key Data Products Types

QuickMap Status



  • MDIS camera global and regional mosaics
  • rapid access to MDIS spectra at point
  • altimeter data from MLA instrument
  • terrain elevation models
  • spectrometer data
  • gravity potentials
  • footprints of observations by all ground surface observing instruments (MDIS, XRS, GRNS, MASCS, MLA)
  • present-orbit tracks, feature images, ...
  • access MASCS/VIRS Spectra via the
    ACT-REACT-QuickSpectra Retriever
  • Active with over 1 TBytes of products (from high level to low level)
  • No more mission regular data updates
  • Updates to QuickMap capabilities are introduced on a regular basis, multiple times a year



  • Wide Angle Camera (WAC) - global mosaics @ 100 m/pix
  • Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) - observations @ 0.5 m/pix
  • LROC terrain elevation products (global and regional)
  • LOLA terrain elevation products (for polar regions) and SLDEM2015 for non-polar regions
  • present orbit tracks
  • geophysical layers from multiple missions: Clementine, Ch-1, Kaguya, LRO/DIVINER/LAMP/LEND/Mini-RF,...
  • LROC feature images,...



Now merged with LRO / LROC QuickMap server.

  • Active with over 5 TBytes of data (L1B+L2+...)
  • No more mission regular data updates
  • Updates to QuickMap are being introduced on a regular basis



  • CRISM: High Resolution target image browse products, over 4700 targets
  • CRISM Global multispectral mapping browse products
  • basemap layers from:  Themis and MOLA
  • coverage maps from MRO's: Context Imager, HIRISE, and CRISM

Other Features

  • Multiple map projections (including: eqc, polar stereographic, sinusoidal, 3D world, ... )
  • Draw / Search Action - A user can draw point, lines , or polygons type objects. Once and object is drawn the user can perform a search action. Depending on the results the user can :
    • follow link to NASA/PDS archive for download
    • add it as a layer to the map while preserving fine layer control
    • inspect registered geophysical parameters
    • measure distance between points and obtaining terrain elevation profiles (or other geophysical parameters).
  • Fine Layer Control
    • Multiple layers may be viewed at once
    • Layers can be rearranged to change stacking order on map
    • Layers views can be saved and recalled within a session
    • Various attributes, such as opacity / stretching / palette, can be changed on-the-fly.
    • Layers can store text descriptions and other information such as color palette and external links.
  • Collaboration - specific map views and layer arrangements can be saved and linked, thereby making collaboration easy.
  • Scalability with Users - Server products can be cached for faster delivery. As number of users increases more processing and caching servers can be easily added.
  • Customization - The ACT team works closely with mission managers, operations teams, research teams, and educators to customize QuickMap to address unique mission requirements, e.g. new data or seach actions.

Key Benefits  

  • As part of ACT's overall architecture it provides support throughout and beyond the mission lifecycle ;from sensor testing and calibration through the collection and analysis steps, to post-mission simple data access.;
  • ACT-REACT-QuickMap™ enables researchers to rapidly validate products at a global or regional scale.
  • In conjunction with ACT's architecture it enables mission managers and researchers to maximize system, network and human resources; this architectural flexibility is unique and unmatched in the industry.

System Requirements

  • On Desktops - it runs under standard modern browsers, i.e. Safari, Chrome,FireFox, IE/EDGE . If the browser supports WebGL, the user can see interactive 3D views of imagery over terrain elevation.
  • On mobile devices QuickMap can be access from iPhone, iPad, and Android devices

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"QuickMAP is a mission ready system. It has a rich feature set and was tailored to meet our unique data format and high availability requirements."

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