The Georgia Tech Research Corporation developed a mapping system for Microsoft Windows® to display topographical maps, aeronautical charts, satellite images, and other maps. The overlay tools, originally developed for the Department of Defense to facilitate mission planning, have numerous non-military applications.
The U.S. military relies upon FalconView for mapping, mission planning, situational awareness, on-board aviation support, and route planning. Additionally, FalconView is used as an onboard moving-map display on several airborne platforms. An open-source version of FalconView was released to broaden the base of users and the software has been used in law enforcement, school zoning, business development, fire fighting, search and rescue operations, and environmental research, to name just a few applications.