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Monday, Feb 6, 2023
Mugglehead Magazine
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AI and Autonomy

Lockheed Martin and NVIDIA build digital earth for environment monitoring

The digital twin blends Lockheed Martin’s AI-based system with NVIDIA’s Omniverse to render data into a full visualized 3D model

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Image via NVIDIA

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) and NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) are building an artificial intelligence-based (AI) Earth Observations Digital Twin to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with a means to monitor the global environment and track extreme weather conditions.

The digital twin provides NOAA with high resolution and accurate depictions of global environmental conditions using satellite and ground-based observations. This is an improvement on the present system, wherein NOAA gets terabytes of data about five earth system domains, these being the cryosphere, land, atmosphere, space weather and ocean, from space or Earth-based sensors.

Lockheed Martin will tap into the AI and machine learning (ML) capabilities of its OpenRosetta3D platform to pull in, organize and deliver observations from multiple sources into a grid-like data product, and then use it to detect anomalies. NVIDIA will then use its NVIDIA Omniverse Nucleus to convert the data into a Universal Scene Description framework. This will allow data-sharing across multiple tools and between researchers. After which, Agatha, the Lockheed Martin-developed visualization program, takes this data and renders it into a 3D environment.

“At Lockheed Martin we regularly use digital twins and AI to provide our government customers with the clearest, current situational picture and actionable intelligence for their important missions,” said Matt Ross, senior program manager at Lockheed Martin Space.

Read more: NVIDIA superchip brings autonomous vehicles one step closer

Read more: Lockheed Martin and Microsoft join forces to improve Department of Defense tech

Lockheed Martin and NVIDIA have collaborated before

Lockheed Martin is located in Bethesda, Maryland. It’s a global security and aerospace company involved in the research, design, development, of advanced technology. NVIDIA develops computer technology. It invented the graphics processing unit in 1999 and kicked off the PC gaming market. It also redefined computer graphics, and spearheaded the era of modern AI. It’s also one of the largest facilitators of the metaverse.

The digital twin isn’t the first collaboration between the two companies.  NVIDIA and Lockheed Martin are also collaborating to help fight wildfires, which have burned a path through 7.2 million U.S. acres this year alone. Lockheed Martin has contributed its AI/ML capabilities and joined with the command and control capabilities offered by NVIDIA’s Omniverse platform to demonstrate how firefighters can use advanced tech to better find, predict and fight wildfires.


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