HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Intergraph Corp. introduced the first airborne Solid State Disc (SSD) cartridge, an innovative new flash memory that will enable aerial mapping operators to increase image storage flexibility and flight duration, and to use smaller, single-engine aircraft.

In addition, the photogrammetry leader also debuted flight management solutions and updates to its Z/I Imaging DMC Digital Mapping Camera, the first large format sensor to be certified by the United States Geological Survey.

Each SSD cartridge plugs directly into the DMC camera head and may be exchanged during flight, providing virtually unlimited storage. By reducing weight, footprint, and power requirements, Intergraph's new SSD compact storage device opens up new project and aircraft options for aerial mapping operators. Alternately, organizations flying large projects may choose to employ FDS in lieu of SSD.

"Now, the DMC may be flown in most single engine aerial survey aircraft, such as a Cessna 206, with no modifications to the plane," said Jack Ickes, Intergraph general manager, photogrammetry. "Intergraph is the first to provide solid state storage for airborne imagery and paired with the mission planning and control advancements, we are helping our customers to cover more ground in a day so they may speed delivery of project data for their mapping, GIS, and remote sensing applications. We will continue to empower owners of the market leading digital imagery acquisition system to maintain their investments in the DMC."

Other productivity enhancement capabilities include Z/I Mission and Z/I Inflight mission planning and control solutions, and a re-engineered T-AS gyro-stabilized camera mount. Z/I Mission is comprehensive photo flight planning software streamlining aerial survey procedures - from creating the initial flight plans to generating reports and indices for the final exposures. Independent of computer-aided design or geographic information system software, this integrated solution may be operated as a standalone product. Intergraph's new flight management system, Z/I Inflight, combines a smaller form factor than its predecessor along with high reliability, touch screen controls and flash memory. Z/I Inflight requires no external laptop as it comprises a real-time controller along with a computer running Windows XP with 4 GB of flash memory; an additional 64 GB of flash memory disk is available. The T-AS Digital gyrostabilized camera mount has a digital interface that allows it to be controlled by the Z/I Inflight system or laptop computer as well as an external IMU sensor.

Source: Intergraph, May 9, 2007.