Increasing Demand Leads Bluesky International to Purchase Second UltraCam Eagle

blueskylogoIt appears to be all blue skies for Bluesky International Ltd.

Just a little more than a year ago we reported the purchase of an UltraCam Eagle by the UK based photogrammetric mapping firm. Bluesky International recently made news again, having just purchased a second UltraCam Eagle to meet increasing demand for the company’s aerial imagery services.

(See how that works?  😉 )

Congratulations to the entire team at Blue Sky International for your continued success and sincere thanks from the UltraCam team for allowing us to help you in that endeavor!

– Jerry Skaw, Microsoft UltraCam Team

Bluesky Purchases Second UltraCam Eagle

Graz, Austria — March 26, 2015 — Bluesky International has contracted with Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit and subsidiary to purchase a second UltraCam Eagle digital aerial camera system equipped with a 100mm lens and an UltraMount.

UltraCan Eagle

UltraCam Eagle ultra-large format digital aerial camera system.

The UltraCam Eagle has an exchangeable lens system with 80mm, 100mm, and 210mm options. The integrated modular sensor head, compared to previous UltraCam systems, has a smaller physical form factor that requires less aircraft space, weighs less for more efficient aircraft fuel consumption, and is easier and quicker to install.

“We’ve been very pleased with the performance of our first UltraCam Eagle purchased in January 2014, and now we need to increase our aerial survey capacity to meet increased demand from new contracts, one of them being a commitment to capture 70,000 sq km of high resolution aerial photography in Ireland,” said James Eddy, Operations Director of Bluesky. “For the resolution we require and the air traffic control restrictions, as well as the weather in the UK, the Eagle with a 100mm lens works best for us.”

Bluesky primarily collects national wide area imagery to increase and update its own map datasets, and also conducts large and small area surveys for customers. The company optimizes utilization of its UltraCam Eagles by flying in the UK and Ireland during the spring, summer and fall, and moving to sunnier locations in the Middle East and Africa for the winter.

“The large footprint size and high accuracy fits well with our needs, and the data fits seamlessly into our existing work flow,” said Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky. “Flying two Eagles gives us the flexibility to double up on big projects or work two different projects at the same time.”

“Microsoft is pleased to continue our relationship with Bluesky, a globally respected aerial mapping provider,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director. “The UltraCam Eagle has proven to be an excellent choice to meet all of its wide area mapping needs.”

About the UltraCam Eagle

The third-generation UltraCam Eagle includes the following features:

  • Pan image footprint of 20,010 pixels across the flight strip
  • 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
  • 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

About Microsoft’s UltraCam Business Unit

With its operations based in Graz, Austria, and sales and support teams in North America and Asia, 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 Bluesky International

Since its inception in 2003, Bluesky has evolved into a leading aerial photographic mapping company pioneering new digital aerial surveying techniques and to that end maintains nationwide aerial photography and height datasets. The company has led the way with thermal heat-loss mapping, produced the first solar power potential maps and completed the only UK National Tree Map. Bluesky is also at the forefront of research into the use of geographic data to support renewable energy production with projects both in the UK and Europe. In addition to the UltraCam Eagle, Bluesky’s resources include an aerial survey system that integrates a photogrammetric survey camera, a LiDAR sensor and a thermal infra-red imaging system. For more information, please go to or contact Ralph Coleman, Sales Director, by telephone at +01 530 518518 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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