TMOD- Tactical Mapping on Demand

The layout of the modern arena – usually an urban environment, is rapidly changing.
Accurate and up-to-date Orthophoto (an aerial photo, an accurate representation of the earth’s surface), with geo-reference information, is an essential product for tactical forces and may make the difference between winning or losing a battle.
Bluebird’s UAS, equipped with a unique photogrammetric payload, can be sent on autonomous missions to collect images that will be automatically converted to an Orthophoto, with up to 1cm/pixel resolution, and up to 1m geo-reference accuracy.

The UAS can provide near-real time Tactical Mapping on Demand (TMOD) by collecting high-resolution images during the flight and processing them after the flight by using the Mapping ground station and Software.

The suggested Photogrammetric solution is based on a proprietary ground processing suite that utilizes advanced correlation technology, vector programming and advanced color & image processing algorithm.
This enables:

  • High-resolution actionable products
  • Products in RGB, Multi-Spectral or IR wavelengths
  • Quick response for faster decision-making
  • Simple to operate
  • Covert operation
  • Able to perform below cloud cover
  • Maintaining evidential records
  • Easily transportable
  • Affordable
  • UAVs operate in dangerous zones, where manned aircraft cannot

RGB Payload

The Photogrammetric Day Payload is based on a high-resolution stills camera and an integrated INS (Inertial Navigation System), which includes IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), GPS and compass. The camera is mounted on a 2-axis stabilized gimbal, controlled by the integrated micro-controller. The payload supports a resolution of up to 4cm/pixels.
During mission planning, the payload is programmed to collect high-resolution images, along with the required Meta-Data (GPS and other sensor information), to allow post-flight automatic image processing.
During flight, the payload is commanded from the GCS, while images and related synchronize metadata are recorded and stored in the internal removable memory device, while the payload is transmitting real-time video to the GCS (for operator’s orientation).

IR Thermogrammetric Payload

For certain applications, it may be required to collect IR thermal images and register them to the RGB orthophoto, in order to detect the location of thermal affected objects like underground pipes, etc.
The IR Thermogrammetric Payload is based on a high-resolution IR twin-sensor array, and an integrated INS, which includes IMU, GPS and compass. The sensors are mounted on a 2-axis stabilized gimbal, controlled by the integrated micro-controller.
Using an array of two IR highly sensitive uncooled IR sensors, it is possible to get up to 10cm/pixel resolution when flying at low altitude (~150m).
During mission planning, the payload is programmed to collect the high-resolution images, along with the required Meta-Data (GPS and other sensor’s information), to allow for post-flight automatic image processing.
During flight, the payload is commanded from the GCS, while images and related synchronize metadata are recorded and stored in the internal removable memory device, while the payload is transmitting real-time video to the GCS (for operator’s orientation).

Mapping Deliverables

• Digital Orthophotos
• Digital terrain models (DTM)
• Digital surface models (DSM)

Uses & Applications

  • Underground active oil pipelines mapping
  • Emergency response
  • Energy audit
  • Oil spill response
  • HLS & Defense
  • Forestry
  • Fish and wildlife
  • Precision agriculture
  • Mining surveys

Agricultural, Forestry and environmental
Trees and crops monitoring, Trees Counting, plot statistics, Canopy shape, bunch detection, weeds detection, etc.

Mining
Provides accurate digital surface models for volumetric assessments and quantity surveys of open topped mines and quarries.