Bespoke, high resolution air photos using our new, autonomous mini-plane.
Click here to see examples
We can capture the highest resolution images, where you want them and when you want them. So if you need to record landscape and habitats, photograph buildings and estates, monitor wildlife, check crop condition, capture archaeological dig images, document construction projects, monitor utility infrastructure or just need some amazing views of your property then read on...
About our mini-plane
Our mini-plane weighs just 500g (1.1 lbs), has a wing span of less of than 1m and a near silent electric motor that allows it to fly at up to 50km / hr and capture up to 1km² in a single flight.
The mini-plane is autonomous and is pre-programmed with a series of waypoints and altitudes and photo locations. Although we can assume manual control, the mini-plane will take off, fly, photograph and safely land without further intervention – amazing technology!
We are a well-respected environmental, IT and mapping company of some 15 years standing. Our clients include the National Trust, the Forestry Commission, Natural England, English Heritage, the RSPB, etc. plus over 150 local authorities and many smaller and charitable trusts and organisations.
What makes us different?
The price - From £120 per km2 with up to 6km² surveyed in a day.
The silence - Our mini-plane has a near-silent electric motor.
The flying - The mini-plane is autonomous, that is we pre-program it onsite with flight path, height and photo details. It even knows when to head for home if it starts to run low on power.
The outputs - Not only do we supply the photos, we process them into rectified 'photo maps' that can be used in 'geographic information systems' or overlaid in Google Earth. (Normal photo mosaics don't allow this as the inherent distortions mean that the photos don't match up with the corresponding mapped features.) Output formats include ECW, Tiff and KML outputs in WGS84 or OSGB. Once processed, your images will be immediately available to download.
The mini-plane carries a 12 megapixel camera with an 'on the ground' resolution up to 3.5cm!
The plane provides a stable platform and can automatically plan and capture a mosaic of overlapping images. More importantly though, detailed information on the plane's altitude, height and location (using an on-board GPS) is captured with every photo and using advanced image processing we can supply you with aerial maps - mosaics of photos stitched together and rectified to provide images that map correctly to the ground.
We can also rectify (or orthorectify) and register your photos so they can be used directly within your GIS (Geographic Information System) or overlaid in Google Earth.
We can even go one step further and just using the captured images can create 3D terrain imagery.
Accuracy depends largely on the ground resolution (which is determined by flight altitude), but also on the nature of the terrain being photographed (visually distinct and ‘feature rich’ areas tend to be more accurate than homogenous areas). Use the ‘opacity’ control on the example link above to compare our aerial imagery to background mapping. For more (rather technical) information click here
See your data in Google Earth
Because we rectify the distortions that come with normal aerial images and also register the images to turn them into 'aerial maps', we can overlay your photos so that you can view them on the web.
Create digital terrain models
For further information please download our information sheet or visit the contact us page.