France: The R&D department of IMAO has developed an innovative B66 camera for aerial data acquisition. The camera comes in XXL format and has outstanding progress in the last months. At the occasion, Pierre FAROUT, CEO of IMAO announced that the final stages of radiometric and geometric calibrations have been achieved to a complete success.
Two to three times larger than the standard images size generated by the current cameras on the market, B66 pictures (TIFF color and NIR) require less processing time. The aim is to provide usable TIFF images directly for the market players. With a 6 µm pixel size (CCD sensor), a ground resolution of 5 cm at 5000 ft AGL and a 185 mm focal lenght, conditions are met to revolutionise the sector. With B66, only 5400 images are generated for 2500 sqkm at 5 cm GSD.
Its new IMAO-own designed Forward Motion Compensation (FMC), could compensate the blur up to 150 pixels, B66 is able to capture 2cm GSD at 150 kts. From the start, the camera is designed by professionals in aerial data acquisition. It optimises aircraft overflight constraints, reduces flight time and processing time. Finally costs are minimised!
Innovation isn't a bed of roses. To reach the end of this beautiful project has been a real proof of perseverance. "This is a great victory, we didn't imagine such a path when we started 6 years ago!," says Pierre Farout. B66 is now full part of the company production tools. Today, IMAO starts B66 manufacturing.