3-D Display of the World’s Air Traffic Inaugurated at Stockholm Arlanda Airport


The new Open Sky flight-mapping feature at Stockholm Arlanda. (Photo: Victoria Ström)
The new Open Sky flight-mapping feature at Stockholm Arlanda. (Photo: Victoria Ström)

n an effort to visualize the growing number of destinations that can be reached directly from the airport, Stockholm Arlanda Airport has unveiled Open Sky, an installation where data from the world’s air traffic is projected onto a two-meter diameter globe. The data is delivered from Flightradar24 and is projected using three-dimensional projection mapping technique.
Flightradar24 is an Internet-based flight tracking service that collects signals from aircraft to receive data regarding position, altitude, heading and speed from more than 150 000 flights everyday. The application has been downloaded by more than 30 million people and is available in 150 countries. Through data from Flightradar24 travellers can track every aircraft departing and arriving at Stockholm Arlanda or are en-route to any of the destinations you can reach directly from the airport.
Projection mapping is used to project images or videos onto irregularly shaped objects, in this case a miniature globe. This is the first time that projection-mapping technique is used in a public airport. Open Sky is located inside the departure hall at Terminal 5 and will be a permanent installation at Stockholm Arlanda.
Kjell-Åke Westin, Airport Director at Stockholm Arlanda Airport commented: “Open Sky makes our 160 direct destinations worldwide visible and it’s a way for us to display our goal of becoming the leading airport in Scandinavia by 2020. The installation clearly shows how Stockholm Arlanda brings the world closer.”