New photoflight mission planning module available to earth imaging industry.

Z/I Imaging Corporation, Huntsville, Ala., is shipping ImageStation Mission Planning, its new photoflight mission planning module. ImageStation Mission Planning incorporates the latest Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies providing a rich data environment that can access scanned raster maps, vector mapping data, and digital orthophotos for flight planning. This new mission planning system addresses the usual expectation such as flying a particular azimuth, planning the most economical mission for a given region of interest and more.

ImageStation Mission Plannning significantly reduces the time spent in preparing a flight plan by automating the process. The product allows users to record general information, planning requirements, coordinate definition parameters and camera parameters. Users can incorporate innovative concepts in thier flight plans, such as pin-pointing photography on specific coordinates, sheet centers, or sheet cuts; efficient planning along line features such as roads, coast lines, and more; exposure positioning according to planning requirements of GPS-supported aerial triangulation; and pre-determination of full frame coverage.