A quadrilateralized spherical cube Earth data base
Abstract
A quadrilateralized spherical cube was constructed to form the basis for the rapid storage and retrieval of high resolution data obtained of the Earth's surface. The structure of this data base was derived from a spherical cube, which was obtained by radially projecting a cube onto its circumscribing sphere. An appropriate set of curvilinear coordinates were chosen such that the resolution cells on the spherical cube were of equal area and were also of essentially the same shape. The main properties of the Earth data base were that the indexing scheme was binary and telescopic in nature, the resolution cells were strung together in a two dimensional manner, the cell addresses were easily computed, and the conversion from geographic to data base coordinates was comparatively simple. It was concluded that this data base structure was perhaps the most viable one for handling remotely sensed data obtained by satellites.
 Publication:

Flight Mechanics/Estimation Theory Symposium
 Pub Date:
 October 1980
 Bibcode:
 1980fmet.sympR....C
 Keywords:

 Computer Techniques;
 Coordinate Transformations;
 Data Bases;
 Projective Geometry;
 Resolution Cell;
 Spherical Coordinates;
 Cubes (Mathematics);
 Data Storage;
 Magnetic Storage;
 Transformations (Mathematics);
 Astrodynamics