In our exhibition booth at the recent ASPRS 2014 conference in Louisville, Kentucky, the Microsoft UltraCam team had on display the latest and greatest version of the UltraCam Osprey nadir/oblique digital aerial camera that was announced and introduced in its first incarnation one year ago at ASPRS 2013. At that time, the UltraCam Osprey brought to the market the first high performing photogrammetric-grade nadir camera with oblique image capture capabilities. For aerial imagery organizations, this provides a very versatile system capable of providing PAN, RGB and NIR imager AND oblique images all from the same flight pass and ideal for 3D data applications!
Among the updates to this newest version of the UltraCam Osprey, key enhancements include longer focal lengths of the various lens systems and a faster trigger rate, thus the camera can now be flown higher and faster. Other system enhancements and features can be found in the full announcement which I am including below.
More detail in the full announcement below.
-Jerry Skaw, Sales & Marketing, Microsoft UltraCam Team
Microsoft Announces Version 2 of UltraCam Osprey
Louisville, Kentucky — March 23, 2014 — From the ASPRS conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit introduces an updated version of the UltraCam Osprey, a digital aerial system that combines a high performing photogrammetric nadir camera with oblique image capture capabilities.
The new version of the UltraCam Osprey has been redesigned with an 80mm focal length to enhance its nadir collection performance at higher altitudes without reducing resolution. The nadir image size is 11,674 * 7,514 pixels, and the camera collects five bands (PAN, RGB, NIR) with subpixel accuracy and high dynamic range equivalent to other Ultracam cameras. The resulting dataset is appropriate for most photogrammetric applications, such as cadastre, infrastructure planning, and DTM or DSM ortho generation.
The four oblique cameras point forward, backward, left and right and have 120mm focal lengths, increased from 80mm. Each camera is now capable of capturing 60 Megapixels of data. The forward- and backward-looking cameras are redesigned to be single cones instead of two double cones to simplify the hardware and improve reliability. The well balanced oblique footprint provides 4:3 coverage in each oblique direction, which enhances the quality of 3D models built using this imagery. Together the oblique and nadir imagery is highly useful for 3D urban mapping and corridor mapping applications.
This third generation UltraCam camera builds on the UltraCam Eagle technology, including a fast lens system (1 frame per 1.8 seconds) and high speed shutters that help to prevent motion blur in extended lighting conditions. The modular housing concept integrates all components into one unit for simplified installation.
The UltraCam Osprey is fully supported in the UltraMap workflow software system. The ability to perform aerotriangulation (AT) and dense matching allows for the creation of high accuracy point clouds, DSM, DTM, DSMorthos and DTMorthos (traditional orthos). The camera is also compatible with the UltraNav direct georeferencing and flight management system.
“The second version of the UltraCam Osprey incorporates design changes that greatly augment the system’s capabilities,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “With the rapidly increasing demand for 3D modeling for multiple applications, the Osprey’s improved performance levels make it an attractive choice for many mapping firms.”
The UltraCam Osprey will be available for delivery to customers in fall 2014. Existing UltraCam customers can receive trade-in credit toward upgrading to an UltraCam Osprey at any time. Stop by Booth #509 at ASPRS to learn more.
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 UltraCam Hawk,UltraCam Falcon, and UltraCam Eagle digital photogrammetric sensors, and the UltraCam Osprey nadir/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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