Hannover, Germany - From the INTERGEO 2012 conference in Hannover, Germany, Microsoft’s UltraCam business unit introduced the UltraCam Falcon, the latest offering in its line of digital photogrammetric aerial camera systems. The UltraCam Falcon is positioned between the UltraCamLp and the ultra-large UltraCam Eagle with respect to image footprint and price.
The UltraCam Falcon features a fast frame rate, solid state
storage and integration of computers into the sensor. UltraNav, the embedded
flight management and direct georeferencing system from Applanix, is also
available with the UltraCam Falcon.
Falcon captures PAN, color and NIR data all in one pass. Its image
footprint capacity is 14,430 pixels across. At the time of purchase, the buyer
selects between two lens focal lengths: the standard 100mm Pan or wide angle
70mm Pan. Both configurations leverage the computing, storage and electronics
available in the UltraCam Eagle. To simplify operations, the UltraCam Falcon is
designed as an integrated unit that contains all components in the sensor head,
including a solid-state image storage system that holds approximately 7,500
images. Additional storage units can be exchanged in flight to minimize ground
“Microsoft’s UltraCam team believes the UltraCam
Falcon offers its customers the ideal solution between the base model
UltraCamLp and the flagship UltraCam Eagle,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft
business director. “As our customers grow, we strive to offer them products to
achieve high quality data capture and operational efficiency at all levels.”
As an added benefit, the UltraCam Falcon is specifically designed to be
easily upgradeable to an UltraCam Eagle to take advantage of the Eagle’s larger
image footprint, exchangeable lens systems and integrated modular housing.
Existing UltraCam customers with previous generation UltraCam systems can
receive trade-in credit toward upgrading to an UltraCam
UltraCam Eagle at any time.
Microsoft Introduces UltraCam Falcon
October 9, 2012