Leicestershire, UK, 11 September 2017 Aerial mapping company Bluesky is celebrating following its most successful flying season to date. As temperatures soared, Bluesky took to the skies deploying three dedicated survey aircraft. To date, Bluesky has captured more than 70,000 square kilometres of aerial photography in 2017 an area more than twice the size of the Netherlands of which more than half is at ultra-high (12.5cm) resolution. In addition to aerial photography, Blueskys survey planes have also been simultaneously capturing data for the creation of detailed 3D height models and Colour Infrared imagery.
Coverage of the 2017 Bluesky flying includes the urban areas of Leeds, Bradford, Norwich and Milton Keynes, as well as 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 40 percent of its three year target. Full coverage of Ireland is expected to be achieved early in the 2018 flying season.
Despite the usual end of summer reports of wash out temperatures, we’re in fact above average on our capture, having had several clear days which are perfect for flying, commented Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Leicestershire based Bluesky. There are also reports that an Indian summer is heading our way, with the Met Office predicting hotter than average temperatures for the next three months. This will hopefully mean we can maximise the multiple resources we have on standby over the last two months of the flying season."
The imagery captured in 2017 forms part of Blueskys nationwide coverage of high resolution, map accurate aerial photographs. Updated on a three year rolling cycle, Bluesky images will be available to view and purchase online at www.blueskymapshop.com. The Bluesky online Mapshop also offers 3D models (Digital Terrain and Surface Models DTM / DSM), LiDAR data, Thermal Mapping and Blueskys National Tree Map.
Bluesky is expert in the capture of remotely sensed data and the production of innovative geographic data products. Bluesky launched to market the first ever detailed National Tree Map, is leading a Government funded project to investigate the potential of mobile phones for capturing accurate 3D spatial information, and has a joint venture company with the University of Leicester working to develop solutions for air quality mapping and night time aerial surveys. In addition, Bluesky is a supplier of geographic data to UK Central Government organisations under the multi-million pound (APGB) contract.
Bluesky is a specialist in aerial survey including aerial photography, LiDAR and thermal data, using the very latest survey technology, including two UltraCam Eagles and a Teledyne Optech Galaxy LiDAR system integrated with a PhaseOne camera and thermal sensor. An internationally recognised leader with projects extending around the globe, Bluesky is proud to work with prestigious organisations such as Google, the BBC and Government Agencies. Bluesky has unrivalled expertise in the creation of seamless, digital aerial photography and maintains national off the shelf coverage of aerial photography, DTM and DSM through an ongoing three-year update programme. By purchasing a world first sensor for the simultaneous capture of LiDAR, Thermal and Aerial Photography data, Bluesky is in the enviable position of being able to provide customers with unique and cost effective solutions. Bluesky is leading the way in developing innovative solutions for environmental applications, including the UKs first National Tree Map (NTM), solar mapping and citywide heat loss maps and is currently developing noise and air quality mapping products. www.bluesky-world.com