Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility, located on the eastern shore of Virginia, was established in 1945 as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) center for aeronautic research. NASA manages dozens of research, flight, and education centers around the United States. Wallops Flight Facility is responsible for rocket launches, scientific balloon projects, and aircraft missions. In December 2006, the facility demonstrated its capabilities with the successful launch of a U.S. Air Force Minotaur 1 rocket. Four more Minotaur rocket launches are planned over the next few months.
Over the past 10 years, Wallops gathered a wealth of mapping information for the facility. This mapping data depicted facility, environmental, mission management, and range safety features and was available primarily in CAD format via numerous drawing files. The problem facing mapping and nonmapping users alike was determining which CAD files contained the most current information and making the data available for a variety of NASA applications. Moreover, data organization issues made maintenance of the mapping data at the facility cumbersome and inconsistent.