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Satellite imagery is more often in the news however aerial photography can offer multiple advantages, for example commercial aerial photography is capable of higher resolution (level of detail) than the best-available commercial satellite imagery, public domain (government) aerial photography is cost-effective for covering large areas and UAS can be ideal for covering smaller areas at very high detail.
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LAND INFO also offers custom services to optimize our offering of ortho aerial photography for project applications:
LAND INFO’s aerial products are typically available for North America and Western Europe, select additional regions are available.
Commercial USA Aerial Photography
LAND INFO partners with multiple large and specialty aircraft operators to offer 15 - 30cm ( 6 =- 12 inch) resolution aerial photography for all of the conterminous United States and parts of Canada; as an Authorized Valtus Reseller this offering includes imagery from Hexagon's HxIP Imagery Program. Higher resolution imagery and/or LiDAR is available from archive on a more limited basis, or via custom acquisition.
NAIP (National Agriculture Imagery Program) – USA Lower 48 Only
NAIP is aerial photography acquired by USDA contractors during agricultural growing seasons and is an effective option to cover large areas with relatively recent imagery (states are often flown every other year – contact LAND INFO for state availability by year.) Earlier imagery was 3-band (typically RGB, occasionally CIR) however all imagery is now 4-band.
USA Urban-Area High-Res
USGS and NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) contractors have been acquiring higher-res ortho aerials for major metropolitan areas, sometimes extending to larger regions such as counties, smaller states, coastal areas and border regions. The imagery is 2002 – present, typically natural color and 30cm (1 ft.) resolution but as high as 15cm (half foot) and as low as 1m. Unlike NAIP imagery the seasonality of the imagery varies. The main advantages of these datasets are higher resolution (level of detail), higher accuracy (often 3m RMSE) and tonal balancing / mosaic output by major metro area. Please contact LAND INFO for an up-to-date list of all available datasets.
Legacy USA Aerial Photography Products:
DigitalGlobe Precision Aerial
Via a partnership between DigitalGlobe and Microsoft, a "Wall-to-Wall" 30 cm or better complete coverage aerial ortho mosaic is being acquired of the conterminous US and Western Europe (the program was previously referred to as "Clear 30" however Germany and select urban areas are being acquired at 15cm resolution). Most areas are already available for purchase -- contact LAND INFO for a status graphic to see if your area of interest (AOI) is available.
By employing a common sensor (UltraCamG) for all imagery collection, high quality is consistently maintained. Accuracy is an outstanding 4m CE 90 for standard tiles and 2.7m CE90 for high-value areas. All imagery is eye-pleasing, tonally balanced and cloud-free. In addition to the 30cm or better true/natural color imagery, 60 cm color infrared (CIR) is also available. As an off-the-shelf product, pricing is significantly less than custom aerial flights and refresh plans will maintain the currency of this premium quality imagery. Additional information and specifications available via the DigitalGlobe Precision Aerial downloadable .pdf. For pricing details and sample imagery, please contact LAND INFO.
DOQQs (Digital Ortho Quarter Quads) – USA Only
DOQQs were the first US digital aerial photography products to be widely available on a national-level scale. Typically either 1m pan (gray-scale) or CIR (color infra-red) (some quads were re-flown and available as both pan and CIR), DOQQs cover almost all of the lower 48 states and most of Puerto Rico; only limited coverage is available of Alaska.
Each DOQQ covers an area of 3.75 minutes of latitude by 3.75 minutes of longitude (roughly four miles by four miles) and meets 1:12,000 NMAS (National Map Accuracy Standards, equivalent to 10m CE 90).