An eagle flies with us...
After we acquired a new Cessna C208 two years ago, we can deploy two more new sensors in our 3D mapping projects this year:
Since the beginning of 2019, we have an Eagle Mark1 digital camera from Vexcel at our disposal. It features a sensor that is 30% larger with smaller pixel size than our proven UCXp. Due to these specifications, the EM1 can fly higher with the same required ground pixel resolution, which results in a 15% shorter flight time and a 25% lower number of images.
With three lenses of different focal lengths (f=80 mm, 100 mm and 210 mm) the camera can also be adapted and optimized for different requirements and specifications. An example shows the advantage of different focal lengths: With the 100 mm lens, a flight altitude of 960 m above ground results in a ground resolution of 5 cm. With the 210 mm lens, we can fly at 2'000 m. This means that the camera can also be used in critical regions with restrictive flight safety requirements (e.g. airports).
From spring 2019, we will also have available another airborne laser scanner: the RIEGL VQ-780i. This efficient laser scanner is characterized in particular by high pulse rates of 1 MHz (i.e. 1 million measurements per second!) and can be used at different altitudes. It is therefore ideally suited for the acquisition of topographically demanding regions and allows a significant increase in the acquisition efficiency of high point densities. Based on an example, this means that at an altitude of 1'000 m and an airspeed of 240 km/h, 8-9 points/m2 can be captured with the new laser scanner. This is up to 3x as many points as with the Trimble AX60 laser scanner, which has been the mainstay of our laser scanner fleet since 2014.
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Explora topic "Fascinating bird's eye view"
As part of the Explora series at ETH Zurich, our colleague Stephan Landtwing was interviewed on the topic "Fascinating bird's eye view - aerial photographs and their scientific importance" (Explora, ETH Zurich).
18. 01. 2019
BSF Swissphoto at Intergeo in Frankfurt a.M.
Intergeo 2018 opened its gates from October 16th to 18th 2018 in the new exhibition halls at the Messe Frankfurt.
26. 10. 2018
Successful project finalization in Grenada
Over the past two years, our 3D Mapping expert Mr. Stephan Landtwing supported a component of the "Carribbean Climate Resilience and Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project" on the island state of Grenada.
10. 07. 2018
Successful spring flying season!
We are looking back on a very successful spring flying season in 2018: by the end of May, 560 flight hours had been completed in 7 different countries for image and laser flights.
14. 06. 2018
Augmenting flight safety
with our airport and heliport obstacle surveys - worldwide!
05. 03. 2018
Metria and BSF Swissphoto „On Top“
BSF Swissphoto and Metria look back on 6 years of successful partnership!
01. 03. 2018