Graz, Austria — January 22, 2014 — Bluesky International Ltd. has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary to purchase an UltraCam Eagle digital aerial photogrammetric camera system with a 100mm lens, an UltraMap workflow software system GNSS-Inertial Direct Georeferencing + Flight Management System and a gyro-stabilized UltraMount. The UltraCam Eagle has an ultra-large footprint that results in enhanced data collection capabilities.
“Bluesky needs to maximize data capture when we have good weather in the UK, therefore we need a camera with the largest acquisition capacity possible without sacrificing data quality,” stated James Eddy, Technical Director of Bluesky International. “We currently update our aerial photography every five years, but with the UltraCam Eagle, we plan to update every 3 years. We need a big image footprint to optimize our flying, but also a camera that is compatible with our existing workflows. We have worked with UltraCam data since 2005 so we are familiar with it, and we trust it.”
“Our primary use of the UltraCam Eagle during the summer will be to update the UK national dataset, which is used across a wide range of markets, including government and commercial,” said Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky International. “We also use the aerial photography to create derived products, including DTM, DSM, the National Tree Map, and our color infrared data. During the winter we are looking forward to using the system in other parts of the world for project work, perhaps in the southern hemisphere.”
“We are pleased to have Bluesky as a repeat customer, having purchased an UltraCamX in 2012,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The advanced technology of the UltraCam Eagle will help support their future ventures and innovative activities.”
About the UltraCam Eagle
With its operations based in Graz, Austria, and sales and support teams in North America and Asia, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft’s Bing Mapsbusiness unit. The division is responsible for the highly successful line of UltraCam digital aerial mapping systems that today include the UltraCam Hawk, UltraCam Falcon, and UltraCam Eagledigital photogrammetric sensors, and the UltraCam Ospreynadir/oblique photogrammetric digital aerial sensor. Also offered is the UltraNav Flight Management and Direct Georeferencing system, designed to maximize the efficiency of UltraCam aerial mapping. Rounding out the UltraCam offerings is the fully integrated UltraMap workflow software system, with features that include high-density 3D point cloud creation, highly accurate and detailed digital surface model (DSM) generation, and ortho mosaicing capabilities based on an automatically generated DSM or traditional DSM.
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Since its inception in 2003, Bluesky has evolved into a leading aerial photographic mapping company pioneering new digital
aerial surveying techniques and to that end maintains nationwide aerial photography and height datasets. The company has
led the way with thermal heat-loss mapping, produced the first solar power potential maps and completed the only UK National
Tree Map. Bluesky is also at the forefront of research into the use of geographic data to support renewable energy production
with projects both in the UK and Europe. In addition to the UltraCam Eagle, Bluesky’s resources include an aerial survey
system that integrates a photogrammetric survey camera, a LiDAR sensor and a thermal infra-red imaging system. For more information,
please go to
www.bluesky-world.com/or contact Ralph Coleman, Sales Director, by telephone at +01 530 518518 or email