Second Microsoft UltraCamX for Valley Air Photos

In less than a year after entering the digital aerial image acquisition arena through the purchase of its first UltracamX, Valley Air Photos based in Caldwell, Idaho, recently acquired a second UltraCamX to bolster the company’s digital acquisition capabilities. Kevin Graville, Director of Operations for Valley Air Photos, explained that the decision for a second system was based on increased demand for UltraCam imagery and their expereience with the company’s first UltraCam system.

Full announcement below. Read on for more from Kevin and Cathy Graville and their reasons for a second UltraCamX.

– Jerry Skaw, Sales and Marketing, Microsoft UltraCam Team

Valley Air Photos Purchases Second UltraCamX
Graz, Austria — February 2, 2012 — Valley Air Photos, LLC, has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary, Vexcel Imaging GmbH, to purchase its second UltraCamX digital aerial photogrammetric camera. The company purchased its first UltraCamX in April 2010.

As the only US aerial data acquisition company based in the Northwest to own two UltraCamX systems, Valley Air Photos can leverage its ability to complete projects more quickly and efficiently to better serve its customers. Owning two identical cameras simplifies scheduling and streamlines production and data processing work flows.

“Operating the first UltraCamX has had a positive impact on many aspects of Valley Air Photo’s business. Due to our increased collection capacity, we can compete for larger projects across a broader geographic range, and we’re being asked to team on new projects because of our ability to provide a faster turnaround,” stated Kevin Graville, Director of Operations, Valley Air Photos. “With the increased demand for UltraCam imagery, purchasing a second UltraCamX to meet demand was an obvious decision to make.”

“Vexcel Imaging has been great to work with, and we can always count on a fast response from the technical support team,” stated Cathy Graville, Owner, Valley Air Photos. “We are excited about the new opportunities that the second UltraCamX system will bring to our company.”

“Microsoft is pleased to support the growth of Valley Air Photos by supplying them with a second UltraCamX camera,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The operational and competitive advantages of owning two UltraCamX systems are compelling reasons to expand Valley Air Photo’s resources at this time and we will continue to work together to support this customer’s future growth through new UltraCam offerings.”

About the UltraCamX
The UltraCamX collects 136 megapixels per trigger to produce 14,430 across track and 9,420 along track pixels, with a sustained collection rate of three gigabits per second. The camera maintains forward overlap of 70% at 3 cm pixels and 80% overlap at 5 cm pixels feasible at normal flying speeds. Meanwhile, the UltraCamX system features a data flow that allows extensive image collection in the air. Low-cost, exchangeable data storage devices store up to 4,700 images each and can be swapped mid-flight for reduced ground turnover time.

About Valley Air Photos, LLC
Valley Air Photos, based in Caldwell, Idaho, is a 100% woman-owned business that specializes in high-accuracy aerial acquisition services throughout the United States and Canada. Valley Air owns three aircraft, film and digital aerial cameras, and Applanix IMUs to collect precise orientation data. The company has provided quality imagery services for over 26 years, and also supplies stock photography from its archives. For more information, visit http://valleyairphotos.com or contact Kevin Graville at (208) 454-1344.

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About UltraCam Team

Vexcel Imaging is a leading provider of digital aerial cameras. Its family of UltraCam aerial sensor products includes the UltraCam Condor, UltraCam Osprey, UltraCam Eagle/EaglePrime, UltraCam Falcon/FalconPrime and and end-to-end processing with UltraMap photogrammetric workflow software. Terrestrial products include the UltraCam Mustang mobile sensor system and the UltraCam Panther portable sensor system.
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