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AIRCRAFT

 

Cessna 206

One of our aircraft is a turbo-charged Cessna TU206.  The aircraft (N756JA) is a 1978 "G" model equipped for large-format aerial photography and remote sensing application.  It uses a real-time kinematic GPS system for flight-line navigation.

 

The aircraft can stay aloft for up to 4 hours between fuel stops.  An average cruising speed of 130 miles per hour gives it an effective range of more than 520 miles.  The aircraft is certified for continuous operations at altitudes up to 27,000 feet mean sea level.

 

Cessna T210s

Two of our aircraft are turbo-charged Cessna T210 "N" models. N5382A is a 1979 model, and N6479Y is a 1981 model. Both are equipped for large-format aerial photography and remote sensing applications. They have 17"x19" camera holes and contain real-time kinematic-capable GPS systems for flight-line navigation.

 

The aircraft can stay aloft for up to 4.5 hours between fuel stops. An average cruising speed of 180 miles per hour gives them an effective range of more than 800 miles. The aircraft are certified for continuous operations at altitudes up to 27,000 feet mean sea level. Both are maintained and operated in accordance with all applicable regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 

Click here to read about the recent restoration of N6479Y.

 

 

CAMERAS

Vexcel UltraCam Lp (Digital)

Blue Skies' digital camera is one of the latest generation of photogrammetric digital aerial mapping systems.  The Vexcel UltraCam Lp camera simultaneously captures panchromatic, RGB and near-infrared imagery in a 92 megapixel format.  The 11,704 x 7,920 pixel frame-format sensor uses a 6-micron physical pixel size to produce pan-sharpened imagery at a 1:2.2 ratio for brilliant color.  The camera system uses a Novatel SPAN-SE Inertial Measurement System and sits atop a Track'Air SteadyTrack LG Stabilization camera mount.  Operation of the equipment is controlled with a Track'Air flight management system that uses the L1/L2 GPS and INS solutions for flight-line navigation and to control the camera firing and camera mount stabilization, including automatic drift correction.  The tight system integration improves the quality of the images and allows direct georeferencing of imagery for a streamlined orthophoto production process.

RIEGL VQ-580 LiDAR

The V-Line Airborne Laser Scanner RIEGL VQ-580 provides high speed, non-contact data acquisition using a narrow near-infrared laser beam and a fast line scanning mechanism. High-accuracy laser ranging is based on RIEGL's unique echo digitalization and online waveform processing, which allows achieving superior measurement results even under adverse atmospheric conditions, and the evaluation of multiple target echoes. To learn more about Blue Skies' LiDAR technology click here.

Leica RC30 (Film)

BSC's film cameras are Leica RC30 precision photogrammetric mapping cameras with 110 AWAR, 152mm focal-length Leica Universal Aviogon /4-S lenses The RC30s are equipped with forward motion compensation, electronic data annotation, and automatic exposure control systems. In the aircraft, the cameras are mounted on vibration-isolated, gyro-stabilized Leica PAV30 camera mounts that are fully integrated with the Track'Air navigation systems and the NovAtel SPAN IMU systems to automatically correct for tip, tilt, and drift.  Camera 5402 was recently calibrated by the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS's) Optical Calibration Laboratory (OCL) on March 21, 2014. Camera 5217 was calibrated on October 4, 2012.

 

 

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