Next Generation Large Format Digital Airborne Sensor

Jena-Optronik GmbH announces the new affordable Jena Airborne
Scanner JAS 150, a second generation digital sensor with enhanced
flexibility and reliability. Developed for photogrammetry, mapping and
remote sensing of medium and large areas, the device represents a new
generation of digital aerial cameras. Offering the highest resolution
on the market – up to 5cm from 1000m flight altitude – the JAS 150
satisfies high resolution imaging requirements.
“With this device we show our abilities as
a technology leader for special opto-electronic solutions. We have
combined reliability and highest geometric as well as radiometric
resolutions into this affordable instrument”, said Dietmar Ratzsch, CEO
and president of Jena-Optronik.
As a company with strong historical roots,
which grew from the development of the renowned and proven space-borne
multi-spectral camera MKF-6 and the airborne four-band device MSK-4,
the Jenoptik subsidiary now returns to this market launching the JAS
150. Based on developments in the area of multi-line CCD sensors – like
the imager systems for the RapidEye Earth Observation system and
know-how from other camera as well as spectrometer projects – this nine
line push-broom scanner was designed.
“Through the modular design of the camera
system it is possible to prepare different filter-configurations,
depending on the application which the customer requires. Furthermore,
we are able to use different INS systems, such as IGI-AEROCONTROL and
POS AV510 from APPLANIX,” said Carsten Georgi, Head of the Airborne
Sensors Department. The flexible design of the JAS allows to replace
stereo lines with multispectral bands to gain valuable data for remote
sensing applications. A five or six multispectral band configuration
acquires more information during one flight than any other available
digital aerial camera, especially for environmental purposes. At the
same time the remaining three stereo lines acquire data for a dense
digital elevation model.
On only one necessary flight
multi-spectral data and quintuple stereo data is acquired, resulting in
pan-chromatic, colour, colour infrared pictures and a very dense
digital elevation model. The near-orthogonal view allows an automated
digital workflow up to the production of the orthophoto and the
quintuple stereo lines avoid blind spots in flight direction. Very high
photosensitivity allows flying under certain cloudy conditions, the
radiometric resolution of 12bit surpasses every large format film
camera. Fewer and no moving parts compared to film cameras and some
other digital cameras of competitors result in high reliability and
less service costs. Being the first step in a complete digital
workflow, this device has lower cost of ownership compared to film
cameras and other digital cameras of competitors. “The competitive
price together with savings of money and time – no films and no film
processing are necessary – enables us to offer a very attractive device
to the market,” stated Sven Knuth, Head of Marketing & Sales of the
Airborne Sensors Department.
About Jena-Optronik GmbH.
Founded in 1992, Jena-Optronik GmbH develops and produces
optoelectronic instruments and systems, laser control sensors, and
software for satellites and for image analysis to be used by the
international aerospace industry. Jena-Optronik’s developments include
its rendezvous and docking sensor, which makes it possible for European
and Japanese supply vehicles to plot a precise approach to the ISS
international space station. Jena-Optronik GmbH also offers a range of
camera systems of various resolutions and provides comprehensive
engineering services and software for the aerospace and security
technology industries.
Jena-Optronik GmbH, with a staff of over 120 highly qualified employees
at its Jena site, is a 100-percent subsidiary of JENOPTIK AG in its
Photonics business division.
Author: EARSC

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