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Aerial photography (or airborne imagery)

Aerial photography (or airborne imagery) is the taking of photographs from an aircraft or other flying object. Platforms for aerial photography include fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or "drones"), balloons, blimps and dirigibles, rockets, pigeons, kites, parachutes, stand-alone telescoping and vehicle-mounted poles | Source: wikipedia.

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This type of imagery is usually used when we need more accurate/detailed data than satellite sensors data.

Resolution/accuracy can vary based on many factors as: sensor, height of the flight, weather, ...

An aerial photograph using a drone of Westerheversand Lighthouse, Germany.


Air photo of a military target from an aircraft used to evaluate the effect of bombing:


Raster types

Aerial imagery raster types

  • ADS: Leica ADS40 and ADS100 airborne sensors
  • Applanix
  • Frame Camera
  • ISAT
  • Table raster type to support digital cameras
  • Scanned Aerial Imagery

Data Providers

Data providers:

  • Airbus....




  • Precision agriculture
  • Lidar data: Detailed 3D representations generated by airborne or terrestrial laser scanning (commonly used to make high-resolution maps)
  • ArcGIS Products:
    • Drone2Map
    • ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro
    • ....

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