Whilst ArduPlotter has always been responsive (utilising the Bootstrap framework), it hasn’t always used all of the available screen space. This was especially true for large screen devices (1200px+ wide).
I have updated it so that if your browsers is larger than 1200px, you will get graphs to the right of the map instead of below it. This allows a lot more of the information to be viewed simultaneously. Continue reading
So on Christmas Eve I was tracking Santa (as you do), and noticed that the NORAD tracking no longer opens up Google Earth, but instead works in browser.
Doing some digging around I found that they used Cesium. This uses WebGL to create 2D maps and 3D globes. From the start of ArduPlotter there has been a button to download a (generated) KML file of the flight which will open in Google Earth if you have it installed. Being able to view a 3D map in browser seemed like an awesome idea, so I set about making a quick prototype.