Raku Technology is proud to announce the release
of the Sextant Component
Software Development Kit (SDK)!
Release the power of geo-spatially aware objects in your
The Sextant Components SDK is an affordable geospatial 3D creation
and reference engine, accessed through COM, that breaks
out specific parts of the highly successful,
mission-proven Sextant software suite.
Components SDK provides the methods to create,
visualize, query, and modify an underlying geo-spatial
object repository, called a Mission. The geo-spatial
objects represent physical items in the environment. These
objects classified as linear (e.g.,
fences, powerlines), or point (e.g.,
utility poles, mailboxes, cars)
can be represented.
of the underlying ground terrain can further
be manipulated by creating
areas of micro-terrain.
The creation of
a geo-specific environment can be automatic. It is as
easy as opening the auto-generate vector wizard on
vector or shape
Once the parameters are read into the wizard from
the files and default values are set, the mission is
generated without further intervention. Ground terrain
is added similarly, through a wizard that ingests a
digital elevation model Ė DEM - (many formats
supported), and associated geo-referenced imagery (if
available) and creates the tiled terrain objects in the
The SDK license can be
obtained via seat purchase or on an annual subscription basis. Run-time
licenses start at $50
USD. GSA purchases, enterprise agreements, and
volume discounts are available.
Please email inquiries to:
Question: How can I make
sure the range-finder heads-up display is in my V2
Jamie: In version 4, it was
necessary to turn on the HUD in the mission when you
exported to V2. That's no longer the case in
version 5. Sextant V2 from version 5 has the HUD
enabled so the user can turn it on or off at their
In the left-hand panel of the V2, go to Options and
select Settings. Then select Target Info under the
Question: How can I
automatically get the roof top imagery onto the roof of
Jamie: You set it up during
the autogenerate process but you must have the imagery
you want textured to the terrain. So first step is
to use the terrain wizard to select the image you want
on the ground. That's pretty basic so I won't
spend more time on that part. Then start your
autogen from the 3D Ops menu, Create Features from Data File.
Load in your buildings layer and follow along with the
wizard until you get to the Enter your Default Values
panel. Select the Textures tab and choose Texture
Roof from Map. The last bit is of course the way
you'd do it manually. Continue through the
last steps of the wizard and all of your buildings that
had imagery coverage will get the roof top image on the
model in 3D.
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Oct 11 - 13,
November 15 - 17,
January 10 - 12.,
2006..................................San Diego, CA
January 17 - 19,
February 21 - 23,
2006...................................St. Louis, MO
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Object Raku Technology Inc is focused on the fusion of
geospatial data and 3D visualization for the benefit of
our civilian, government and military customers.
Through the companyís object-oriented solutions
to complex GIS challenges, remarkable
breakthroughs have been achieved in the field of rapid
3D terrain generation and mission rehearsal with a
special emphasis on urban operations. From the
auto-generation of 3D buildings (with interiors) using
NGA data to subterranean visualization to multi-user
on-line 3D rehearsal, customer-focused innovations are
at the core of what makes Object Rakuís products the
leading edge of applied 3D technology.
Object Rakuís clients
include US & Canadian government agencies
as well as operational units within the US Army, Marine
Corps, and Navy.
Copyright Object Raku Technology Inc. 2005
saying about Object Raku components:
"Integration with our AGI software was very
straightforward with Raku Symbol Server's well-defined and
documented interfaces. Plus, the great support at Object Raku
quickly addressed anything we needed."
Software Technology Integration
Analytical Graphics, Inc.
"When the Tactical Electronic Warfare Systems Group at Defence
R&D Canada - Ottawa was interested in demonstrating
a new concept for Network Centric Warfare, they turned to Object
Raku and their Sextant product to implement a 3-Dimensional
synthetic environment for modeling of EW sensors on land-based
reconnaissance vehicles using Distributed Interactive
Object Raku not only implemented the EW sensor models and DIS
interface in Sextant, they developed a new user interface for
visualizing EW data overlaid on the 'through-the-camera' view.
The robustness of the Sextant product and the creativity of the
Object Raku staff has enabled DRDC Ottawa to investigate these
new EW concepts for the Canadian Forces."
Tactical EW Systems Group
Communication and Navigation Electronic Warfare Section
Defence Research and Development Canada - Ottawa
System Integrators can use Sextant Components in
their applications to:
Create imagery-draped terrain
object from source DEM, LIDAR, or DTED data.
high resolution geo-specific
buildings and output to DEM file formats for use in analysis
Ask an urban environment to
return line of sight coverage patterns from input vantage point
as an x,y,z point set.
MIL-STD 2525B symbols on the fly.
Query type and attributes of
objects in the environment model, to set a current object
collection in the API, or have returned a list of object
identifiers for use in future operations.
a VRML world
string or basic indexed face sets describing the 3D geometry of
the current objects, including building exteriors, complex roofs
and interior detail.
hotlink objects - hyperlinks to information such as documents,
images, live video, web pages.
Automatically label street
addresses or associate other geo-specific meta-data with objects
in the environment model.
urban terrain detail including meta-data and geometry to ESRI
Shape, SEDRIS, or Openflight files.
Attention USMC users:
Feedback from 2004 mission operations using Sextant vers
4.1 has been received and many changes have already gone
into version 5. These new features included the New
Mission Wizard as well as the Terrain Wizard.
Testing and integration has been completed so watch for
Sextant version 5.02 on present and future IOWs.
For additional information on Sextant's role in the new
MAGTF Intelligence Collections Application (MICA) or for
a list of tutorials available, please email