IRS Purchases Microsoft UltraCam Eagle

IRS s.r.lI have been busy with conferences and have fallen down in my blogging duties and failed to share a few recent UltraCam Eagle deliveries.

The first is to the IRS. That is,  Italian Remote Sensing, a startup  geospatial services in Southern Italy.

Congratulations to Luca Rampa and the IRS team for jumping into the game with the premier photogrammetric digital aerial camera system!

Full announcement below.

-Jerry Skaw, Sales & Marketing, Microsoft UltraCam Team

UltraCam Eagle Purchased by New Italian Company IRS srl

 Graz, Austria — February 13, 2014 — Italian Remote Sensing srl (IRS) has contracted to purchase an UltraCam Eagle digital aerial photogrammetric camera system with an 80mm lens from Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary.

IRS is a start-up company owned by Luca Rampa based in southern Italy. Its focus is photogrammetric aerial surveys and data processing, including the creation of orthophotos, topographic maps, thematic maps and more. IRS intends to use the UltraCam Eagle to serve clients in the public and private sectors throughout Europe and North Africa.

“IRS selected the UltraCam Eagle as its first digital airborne imaging system based on its high-volume data acquisition capabilities, excellent data quality, and ease of installation and use,” stated Eng. Luca Rampa, CEO of Italian Remote Sensing srl. “The UltraCam Eagle is top of the line in terms of performance during flight missions and workflow, which will allow us to complete our projects at maximum efficiency from start to finish.”

“In addition, Microsoft is a strong and well-respected partner for our business,” continued Rampa. “We have a very good relationship with Microsoft and are impressed with their technical support.”

_MG_9240The UltraCam Eagle is designed with an exchangeable lens system, which gives IRS the option of later adding a 100mm lens for projects where building lean is an important consideration and the 210mm lens for high-altitude flying.

“The UltraCam Eagle is an excellent all-around digital camera system, especially for a start-up company that needs reliability and impeccable performance to establish itself in the market,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “Microsoft is pleased to have IRS as a new customer.”

About the UltraCam Eagle
The UltraCam Eagle features a pan image footprint of 20,010 pixels across the flight strip and includes advanced 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. The UltraCam Eagle is the first large format digital photogrammetric camera to offer an exchangeable lens system with 80mm, 100mm, and 210mm options. 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 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.

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 Italian Remote Sensing srlItalian Remote Sensing (IRS) is a privately owned geospatial services company located in southern Italy. The staff of professional aerial survey technicians is committed to “thinking outside the box” while developing creative customized solutions. The firm offers photogrammetric aerial surveys throughout Europe and North Africa and possesses data processing capabilities to produce a full range of high quality value-added products. For more information, go to or email


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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