13 August 2008

Have ever tried to visualize the complexity of our Air traffic?

WARNING only read this in the evening when you are feeling REALLY mellow!

Professor Mike turned me on to a great TV program that is currently airing in the UK called the Britain from Above:


It has some of the most amazing images of Britain and its infrastructure. Some of the coolest stuff is not even here - it is on a separate website: Gizmodo has put it all together so you don't have to, and of course your very own Professor has pulled it all together:


The chap behind the design of this stuff is a designer guy called Aaron Koblin. His website has some of this amazing stuff that is literally mind blowing. it is built on work from the celestial mechanics project. The Flight Patterns visualizations are the result of experiments leading to the project Celestial Mechanics by Scott Hessels and Gabriel Dunne (no relation!!!). FAA data was parsed and plotted using the Processing programming environment. The frames were composited with Adobe After Effects and/or Maya.


Good stuff for Mushrooms and other forms of Timothy Leary (also no relation) chemical compositions.


For his stuff on the USA and a similar visual of the USA air traffic go here:


With a little kudos to Mike Idov (New York Magazine) and NPR.

check out Mike's article on Gridlock in the skies.


Happy Surfing.



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