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ImageStation Mission Planning Software Now Shipping

New Photoflight Mission Planning Module Available to Earth Imaging Industry (December 19, 2001)
Z/I Imaging Corporation announced today that it is now shipping ImageStation Mission Planning, its new photoflight mission planning module. ImageStation Mission Planning incorporates the latest Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies, providing a rich data environment where users can access scanned raster maps, vector mapping data, and digital orthophotos for flight planning. This new mission planning system addresses the usual expectations such as flying a particular azimuth, planning the most economical mission for a given region of interest, and more.

"In developing ImageStation Mission Planning, we decided to avoid the traditional approach of viewing mission planning as a separate entity. We developed a flight management system that would be a part of the overall production workflow and allow critical data to be maintained throughout the production process. ImageStation Mission Planning allows our customers to plan flights in the data rich environment and produce photo flight results that can be seamlessly integrated directly into other Z/I Imaging products by creating a complete photogrammetric project as output," said Brad Herman, Product Manager for Airborne Sensor Management Systems. "Not only does it easily integrate with downstream applications to increase productivity, it extends our customers' technology investment."

ImageStation Mission Plannning significantly reduces the time spent in preparing a flight plan by automating the process. The product allows users to record general information and planning requirements and to coordinate definition parameters and camera parameters. Users can incorporate innovative concepts in their flight plans, such as pin-pointing photography on specific coordinates, sheet centers, or sheet cuts; efficient planning along line features such as roads, coast lines, and more; exposure positioning according to planning requirements of GPS-supported aerial triangulation; and pre-determination of full frame coverage.

Z/I Imaging Corporation is the world's largest company dedicated to the development and support of Earth Imaging tools. Z/I Imaging provides total end-to-end imaging solutions including aerial cameras, stereo softcopy workstations, photogrammetric scanners and open Microsoft Windows-based image management, processing, and distribution software.

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