Lexington, KY -Photo Science, Inc. recently completed an emergency task order awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District to acquire aerial photography of Hurricane Wilma's path across the State of Florida. Hurricane Wilma wreaked havoc along the southern portions of Florida as a Category 3 hurricane on October 24, 2005.
The purpose of the project was to provide imagery for emergency response and damage assessment. The project area consisted of 3,200 square miles along the coast of Florida, from Fort Pierce to the southern-most portion of the Florida Keys. This imagery will allow for the visual indication of damages areas and quantify the degree of damage (heavy, moderate, light) within those areas.
Photo Science provided rapid-response flight mission planning and collection of digital natural color imagery at a GSD of 12" pixel resolution utilizing GPS/IMU technology to support control acquisition. This rapid-response support to the federal government was achieved in "near real time", meaning that rectified single image tiles were delivered within 24 hours after raw image collection.