Aero-Photo Acquires UltraCam Eagle

logo_alta_frVisiting Quebec City for the first time just a little more than a year ago, I was struck by the city’s old-world beauty and charm similar to my favorite European destinations. A much shorter flight away from Denver compared to Europe, Quebec City offers some breathtaking architecture and nature–including the Chateaux Frontenac and Montmorency Falls–as well as a great variety of privately owned patio restaurants and shops lining cobblestone roads complete even with a street musician playing the accordion. The city quickly joined my favorite locations for international travel.

And now I have an additional reason to love Quebec City because it has just become homecanada-by-rail-quebec-city to an UltraCam Eagle, thanks to the acquisition of a system by one of our largest UltraCam customers in North America, Aero-Photo (1961). Aero-Photo (1961) has owned and operated UltraCam systems since 2010 and in addition to the new UltraCam Eagle, its fleet of cameras include two UltraCamXp systems and an UltraCamLp that are used to serve a broad range of applications and a diverse customer base. The addition of the UltraCam Eagle bolsters the company’s ability to serve those customers projects more efficiently and cost-effectively, given the camera’s large image footprint of 20,010 PAN pixels across the flight path.

Congratulations to the entire team at Aero-Photo (1961)!  I just may have to visit Quebec City from time-to-time to check on your new system.  🙂

Full press release included below.

-Jerry Skaw, Sales & Marketing, Microsoft UltraCam Team

Aero-Photo (1961) Inc. Purchases UltraCam Eagle

 Graz, Austria — September 3, 2013 — Aero-Photo (1961) Inc. has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary to purchase an UltraCam Eagle digital aerial photogrammetric camera system. Aero-Photo has previously purchased three UltraCamXp and one UltraCamLp cameras.

“We chose the UltraCam Eagle for three reasons. First because it helps to be more efficient in data acquisition, second because we have experience with UltraCam products and are very happy with them, and finally, we are able to use the same software to process the external data, which keeps our production line efficient and quality controlled,” explained Mr. Marcel Laberge, Geomatics Director for Aero-Photo. “We see demand for aerial mapping growing worldwide. To be competitive in new markets, we have to use the best available hardware and software and the most cost effective processes[RS(al1] [JS2] .”

With its fleet of six aircraft, Aero-Photo (1961) Inc. operates all five of its UltraCam digital cameras and its LiDAR sensor to complete large-area projects throughout North, Central and South America. Controlling costs and expediting delivery are key factors in achieving success in these types of assignments.

“Microsoft is very pleased that Aero-Photo has added an UltraCam Eagle camera system to its resources,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The flexibility of the system, along with the image quality and high-volume data acquisition capabilities, is a great choice for Aero-Photo’s typical jobs.”

About the UltraCam Eagle
The UltraCam Eagle features a pan image footprint of 20,010 pixels across the flight strip. eagle integrateIn addition to the ultra-large image footprint, the UltraCam Eagle includes enhanced electronics for improved frame rate and less noise (72 dB signal-to-noise ratio for high image dynamic) when compared to previous UltraCam systems, and innovative high-resolution, high-performance lenses and state-of-the art CCD technology (@ 5.2 µm pixel size) for sharp images with a high dynamic range. This digital camera system boasts an integrated housing concept with all of the parts residing in a modular sensor head. The small physical form factor of the UltraCam Eagle requires minimal space in the aircraft and makes installation and operation simple.

About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit
With its operations based in Graz, Austria, and sales and support teams in North America, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft’s Bing Maps business unit. The division is responsible for the highly successful line of UltraCam digital aerial mapping systems that today include the UltraCamLp, UltraCam Falcon, and UltraCam Eagle digital photogrammetric sensors, and the UltraCam Osprey nadir/oblique photogrammetric digital aerial sensor. 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.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Aero-Photo (1961) Inc.
Founded in 1961, Aero-Photo (1961) Inc. is a leading North American aerial mapping firm based in Québec, Canada. Aero-Photo led by three veterans of the aerial mapping industry: Paul Grenier, Marcel Laberge, and Christian Levesque. Aero-Photo specializes in aerial acquisition (photography and LiDAR) and related geomatics services. It offers its customers integrated services for aerial photography (analog and digital), LiDAR, laboratory services and professional services in photogrammetry, including orthophoto production, as well as distribution of the derived data. For more information, email Marcel Laberge, Geomatic Director, at or go to

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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