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REACT-QuickMap Implementation for Lunar Data

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 rapid access to data without the tedium of handling file format details and data ingestion and archive structures.

For NASA satelite 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, e.g.  latitude and longitude grid, 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 both within a mission 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, e.g. check the QuickMap tab in our partner VineView located in Napa Valley.

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

  • Rapid data updates supporting mission progress
  • On-the-fly product generation. Pre-caching of all possible products is not required.
  • Leverages on PIPE architecture, for capabilities of data ingestion, publishing and analysis (which has been proven over many NASA/NOAA/DoD Missions).

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

  • The Science Team members have inmediate 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. 



Key Data Products Types

QuickMap Status



  • global and regional mosaics from MDIS camera,
  • 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 to MASCS/VIRS Spectra via the
    ACT-REACT-QuickSpectra Retriever
  • see overview
  • presently over  0.1 TBytes of products  can be accessed



  • global mosaics from WAC  Camera @ 100 meters pixel
  • High Res Observations from NAC Camera @ 0.5  meters per pixel ,
  • LROC  terrain elevation products (global and regional), 
  • LOLA terrain elevation products (for polar regions)
  • present orbit tracks,
  • feature images,  ...  
    Note: this interface allows the user to switch from global views to extremely detailed views such as seeing the Apollo mission astronaut’s tracks left on the lunar surface.



Now merged with LRO / LROC QuckMap server.

  • over 5 TBytes of data can be access (L1B+L2+...)



(early 2013)

  • Basemap Layers from:  Themis and MOLA ,
  • coverage maps from MRO's: Context Imager , HIRISE,   and CRISM
  • CRISM: High Resolution target image browse products
  • CRISM Global multispectral mapping browse products
  • over 14 TBytes of calibrated  data delivered to PDS

Other Features

  • Search capabilities - Users can search for individual observations within a given region of interest.  Results are listed with 
    •  Optional link to NASA/PDS archive for download
    •  Ability to add dynamic layers resulting from a search result set.  These can  be added to the map, while preserving high fine layer control
  • Multiple map projections
  • Data Inspection and Visualization
  • 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 and stretching, 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 to via URLs 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.

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's QuickMap™ enables researchers to rapidly validate products at a global or regional scale.
  • In conjunction with the ACT 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 .   
    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 

What Customer Say
"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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