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Astrium brings you the Royal Wedding route in 3D online


Stevenage, – Astrium, Europe’s leading space company, has launched a 3D flythrough of the Royal Wedding route that will be taken by HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton on the 29th April. The 3D flythrough will enable Royal Wedding supporters to experience the couple’s journey from St James’s Palace to Westminster Abbey. It also shows the route they will take back to Buckingham Palace after the wedding ceremony.

A technological first

Astrium has mapped out this route thanks to Skape, a 3D mapping service from its GEO-Information Services division, which combines high resolution 3D textured city models with 2D mapping and terrain data.

A new tool for urban planners

Through Skape, urban planners can now rapidly develop highly detailed architectural models, saving on both project time and costs. New buildings can be imported into a city and viewed in context with their surroundings, whilst existing buildings can be instantly removed and replaced. The high level of accuracy means that varying building textures, street furniture, light and sun shadowing at different times of the day, and unlimited vantage points can all be observed from anywhere.

About Astrium

Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.

In 2010, Astrium had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment, and Astrium Services for comprehensive end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.


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