They’ve got it all mapped out

Pilot - - PILOT NOTES -

Aerial map­ping com­pany Bluesky is cel­e­brat­ing its most suc­cess­ful fly­ing sea­son to date. De­ploy­ing three sur­vey air­craft, by early Septem­ber it had cap­tured more than 70,000 square kilo­me­tres of aerial pho­tog­ra­phy — an area more than twice the size of the Nether­lands — of which more than half was at ul­tra-high (12.5cm) res­o­lu­tion. In ad­di­tion the air­craft have si­mul­ta­ne­ously gath­ered data for the cre­ation of de­tailed 3D height mod­els and colour in­frared im­agery.

Cov­er­age has in­cluded the ur­ban ar­eas of Leeds, Brad­ford, Nor­wich and Mil­ton Keynes, along with large swathes of the south-west of Eng­land, in­clud­ing Som­er­set, Dorset and Wilt­shire.

Bluesky has also been ac­tive in Ire­land, cap­tur­ing nearly 30,000 square kilo­me­tres of im­agery — more than forty per cent of its three-year tar­get. Full cov­er­age of Ire­land is ex­pected to be achieved early in the 2018 fly­ing sea­son.

The im­agery cap­tured in 2017 forms part of Bluesky’s na­tion­wide cov­er­age of high-res­o­lu­tion, map-ac­cu­rate aerial pho­tographs which is up­dated on a three-year rolling cy­cle.

Bluesky has mapped more than 70,000 sqare kilo­me­tres of the UK and Ire­land dur­ing 2017

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