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Microsoft's Vexcel Imaging GmbH Announces Next Generation UltraCamL: UltraCamLp PDF Print E-mail
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25 March 2009

Baltimore, MD - From the 2009 annual conference for the American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS) in Baltimore, Vexcel Imaging, GmbH-Microsoft's Photogrammetry division-announced the availability of the UltraCamLp medium format digital aerial photogrammetric camera.

 The announcement comes just 8 months after its predecessor, the UltraCamL, was announced from the XXIst International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Congress in Beijing, setting a new standard for the medium format camera market by offering an excellent performance/price ratio and comprehensive photogrammetric capabilities, including aerotriangulation and digital surface model production.

Based on the UltraCamL, the UltraCamLp features the same advanced technical specifications but boasts an even larger format collection at 92 megapixels (11,704 x 7,920 pixels pan) compared to the UltraCamL 64 megapixel format, making it the largest-footprint medium format camera system on the market and ideal for smaller aircraft and local projects that require a rapid response. This image format capability is made possible through new electronics and a smaller CCD array of just 6 µm.

Meanwhile, like the UtraCamL, the UltraCamLp features a 1:2.2 pan sharpen ratio and collects RGB and NIR in parallel, all with forward motion compensation by TDI,  allowing it to deliver brilliant true-color and color-infrared (CIR) image quality with unmatched radiometric range, and making it ideal for smaller large-scale and photogrammetric projects, high-resolution (true) orthophoto production, multi-ray photogrammetry, corridor mapping, and lidar integration. It also takes advantage of the computing and storage subsystems introduced with the UltraCamX large format sensor system that include removable storage units for longer flight missions and reduced ground time but utilized solid state devices for higher integration.

"The UltraCamLp delivers on our promise to customers to continuously strive to provide newer and better technologies that include an upgrade path to allow those customers to migrate to new products without necessarily needing to abandon their existing tools from Vexcel Imaging," said Alexander Wiechert, Business Director of Microsoft and Managing Director for Vexcel Imaging GmbH. "The technical capabilities of this camera, along with its package size and price point make it an unbeatable value for small mapping firms, larger organizations needing a dedicated system for targeted, smaller projects, and those wishing to integrate an aerial and lidar system in the same aircraft."

The UltraCamLp will be available for flying season 2010 with deliveries beginning in November 2009. Existing UltraCamL customers will be upgraded to the UltraCamLp free of charge.

About Vexcel Imaging, GmbH
Acquired by Microsoft Corporation in May 2006, Vexcel Imaging GmbH brings 20 years of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft's Virtual Earth business unit and is at the heart of the burgeoning Microsoft Photogrammetry business. The company's offerings include its series of UltraCam large and medium format digital aerial mapping cameras and related software tools that include the UltraMap workflow software and Office Processing Center software (OPC).

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