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Airborne/Mobile Texel Camera

Airborne or mobile laser profiling is seeing increased use in a variety of survey and mapping applications. The ready access to geo-referencing source data (i.e., GPS/IMU data) on such systems has driven a trend toward integration of ancillary sensors with LIDAR systems. Latest industry reports have shown that the demand for LIDAR technologies is growing faster than supply. For 2012, annual sales are expected to grow to $330 million based on technology developments, new application areas, and trends in data acquisition and processing techniques. Recognizing the opportunity, researchers at Utah State University developed an airborne remote sensor array capable of producing geo-rectified three dimensional (3D) digital imagery in real time, using a LIDAR based system.
Features and Benefits
  • Military
  • Topographic Mapping
    Flood Risk Mapping
  • Emergency response/disaster mitigation
  • Urban planning
  • 3D city modeling
    Site engineering
  • Real estate development
  • Real-time acquisition of 3D digital geo-rectified and topography imagery for immediate use in geographic information systems (GIS) without need for post processing
  • Collection of time-synchronous LIDAR range data and passive spectral images from within the same field of view
  • Rapid acquisition of 3D aerial or mobile images, which increase the efficiency of time-critical applications in civilian and military settings
The 3D multispectral LIDAR obtains pixel-aligned and synchronized LIDAR/EO Data, through the Texel Camera. This system provides real-time geo-rectified three dimensional images and topography using an airborne or mobile platform. The system collects time-synchronous LIDAR range and image data in an optical receiver from within the same field of view. The individual images are then precisely correlated and mosaiced in real-time. The LIDAR range data and image data are then coupled to a position and orientation system to transform the three dimensional range images to a single geographically referenced multispectral three dimensional (3D) image.
Development Stage
Licensing available for mobile and airborne applications.
U.S. Patent No. 6,664,529
Ray DeVito
Technology Commercialization Office
(435) 797-9615
Reference: W99022