How JUMP Uses Technology to Create Its 3D Landscapes

Notch Peak from our data set with two wing suit flyers flying through the canyon. Notch Peak from our data set with two wing suit flyers flying through the canyon.

Get a bird’s-eye view of JUMP’s innovative, hyper-detailed BASE jumps.

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The technology that powers JUMP’s hyperreal wingsuit simulator is as awe-inspiring as the 3D landscapes the technology creates. #limitlessflight

In a recent blog post, we shared JUMP’s who, what, when, where, and why. Today, we’re diving into the how—a high-level look at the tech powering the company’s hyperreal, likely to change your life BASE jumps.

Teamwork makes the JUMP dream work

Ask anyone in the hyperreality space, and they’ll confirm that it’s no small feat to turn the notorious Notch Peak, JUMP’s first exit point, into one of the largest hyper-detailed 3D landscapes ever. But that didn’t stop James Jensen and the JUMP crew from making it happen.

A black helicopter is parked on pavement. In front of the helicopter are four middle-age men crouched. All of the them wear JUMP shirts.
The JUMP Content Team. From left to right: Paul Spar, Joseph Robbins, James Jensen, and Ryan Whitehead.

So how do you design a truly “feels like your flying” BASE jump experience? You partner with Phase One, creators of ultra-high-resolution cameras ideal for geo-spatial capture, and Capturing Reality, architects of the industry’s fastest state-of-the-art photogrammetry software. 

This extremely talented team mixed traditional GIS (geographic information systems) collection methodology with a traditional VFX (visual effects) mindset to create one of the largest hyper-detailed 3D landscapes ever. 

VR tech teamwork makes the hyperreal dream work.

Step 1: Capture

The JUMP team flew a custom helicopter rig with eight medium-format 100 MP and 150 MP (megapixel) Phase One cameras over the Notch Peak landscape and spent two days capturing thousands of ultra-high-resolution images. Once they were done, the team sent the 1,050 megapixels of raw imagery—captured over 50,000 times—to supercomputers.

Looking at the underside of a black helicopter, a metal plate has three of eight cameras shown.
Part of the JUMP camera array

Step 2: Process

The JUMP team then processed the photos using the latest version of RealityCapture Tarasque. Reconstructing over 30,000 images required five supercomputers. The team also used precise information from gyroscopes, IMU (inertial measurement unit), and other sensors to create a high-precision custom flight log that was imported as a custom flight log format.

The result? Over 18 billion polygons across 10 square miles. 

Notch Peak - pulled from our data set

Step 3: Suit up 

The hyperreal 3D landscape of Notch Peak is just one aspect of the “all of the adrenaline, none of the risk” experience. It’s not until you pair that cutting-edge technology with a real wing suit, custom VR helmet, and a mix of suspension, wind system, and hyperreal multi-sensory stimulation that you can finally fly. 

Ready to test out the hyperreal technology? JUMP’s flagship hangar opened in Utah in May. The Bluffdale location includes two jump bays and JUMP’s corporate headquarters. A second hangar will open late-2022 just 20 minutes outside NYC and will feature six interconnected jump bays.

Life is full of moments that take your breath away. This is one of them.


Make the jump today.