Vexcel Corporation, a company in innovative remote sensing technologies, is announcing the immediate availability of accurate 3D models for virtually any city in the world. This includes all locations where traditional mapping products are either outdated or not available for reasons such as restrictions imposed by local governments. Such locations include South America, Africa, India, China and many Asian nations. To provide these 3D products, Vexcel has developed new software that allows its proprietary 3D modeling tools to support imagery collected by the DigitalGlobe QuickBird satellite. The result is the efficient, rapid production of urban models for any area captured by QuickBird, at resolutions significantly better than what has previously been available.
The QuickBird satellite – launched by DigitalGlobe on October 18, 2001 – is well suited for this application, given its 60-centimeter resolution imagery and its extremely high accuracy. DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite has the industry capability to provide basic imagery at 61-centimeter panchromatic and 2.44-meter multispectral resolutions. Standard imagery and orthoproduct resolutions are offered at 60-centimeter panchromatic and 2.4-meter multispectral. Founded in 1985 in Boulder, Colorado, Vexcel Corporation is an internationally recognized remote sensing company that specializes in Aerial and Close-Range Photogrammetry, Radar (SAR) Technologies, and Remote Sensing Ground Stations. DigitalGlobe is an Earth imagery and information company in Longmont, Colorado, USA. With the 2001 launch of its QuickBird satellite, DigitalGlobe has established a market leadership position. The company provides the world’s highest resolution commercial satellite imagery, the greatest collection capacity, the most up-to-date archive and the largest image size of any other satellite imagery provider. The competition has no plans to launch a comparable commercial satellite until at least 2006. In addition to offering technical superiority, DigitalGlobe distinguishes itself in the market through its commitment to excellent customer service, relationships with business partners and open-systems philosophy.