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Aerial Surveys Deploys UltraCam Eagle Camera

Aerial surveys has deployed the latest and largest Vexcel UltraCam camera in the market, the UltraCam Eagle for the 2014/15 season. This system is a significant boost to the capture capacity offered by Aerial Surveys and has already proven to be highly efficient in the capture of larger projects.

UltraCam Eagle offers the ultimate in reliability and efficiency for digital aerial photography. With a PAN image footprint of more than 20,000 pixels across the flight strip, and an image capture rate of 1 image in 1.8 seconds, it soars beyond the traditional large-format cameras. The solid-state storage system stores 3,900 superior-quality images and can be exchanged in flight to meet any storage need.

Despite its expansive digital footprint, the UltraCam Eagle is a lightweight, integrated system that features a smaller physical footprint — taking up less aircraft space and providing the utmost in fuel economy. It also consumes less power than other cameras for even more cost savings. With UltraCam Eagle, customers can take to the skies, capture more data in less time, and complete mapping projects in fewer flight lines and with greater efficiency than ever before.

The most innovative and advanced UltraCam system to date, offering revolutionary product features that include:

  • Largest PAN frame image footprint of ultra-large format cameras; more than 20,000 pixels across the flight strip.

  • Custom electronics that deliver 3.7 gigabits per second of image collection, resulting in a frame rate of less than 1.80 seconds and forward overlapping of 80 percent at 284 kts for 10 cm GSD images.

  • An integrated package that contains all components in the sensor head, including an embedded OEM UltraNav GPS/INS/FMS system, and modular solid-state storage, providing flexibility for onboard orientation of equipment.

  • An in-flight exchangeable solid-state image storage system to store more than 3,900 images, resulting in minimal ground time.

  • Exchangeable lens system configurations with three different focal lengths for greater flexibility, from lower-altitude engineering applications to high-altitude orthophotography projects.

  • Pixel size of 5.2 μm, as well as enhanced PAN 7,600 gray values per pixel, offered by the latest CCD technology, new custom lenses and filters, and silent-board camera electronics.

  • A user-focused interface with touchscreen technology to ease configuration and operation and allow in-flight control of each image.

  • A compact unit weighing less than 75 kg (165 lbs) and reduced power consumption of 350 watts @ 24-28 VDC for increased flight efficiency.


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