Vexcel Corporation of Boulder (Colorado, USA) and Vexcel Imaging GmbH of Graz (Austria) announced the merger of the two companies. Franz Leberl founded Vexcel Corporation in 1985 with a focus on remote sensing data processing. John Curlander has led the company since 1992. Under Curlander’s the privately held company has gained recognition as one of the world’s premier experts in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) signal and image processing, as a leading provider of satellite ground systems, and is known for its precision photogrammetric software and services. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, the company also has offices in Ottawa (Atlantis Scientific) and in London (Vexcel, Ltd).
Vexcel Imaging GmbH was founded in 1993 in Graz (Austria) to produce precision scanning equipment. Today it manufactures and sells the UltraScan 5000 film scanning system for precision photogrammetry applications. The UltraScan 5000 is considered the most widely used and most successful photogrammetric scanner in the market. As a product company it operates through a global network of distributors. Vexcel Imaging is in the process of introducing its advanced large format digital aerial camera (UltraCam-D), which is expected to replace the traditional aerial film camera. The UltraCam-D is being introduced at the 2003 ASPRS annual convention in Anchorage (Alaska).