3D Models


Since the inception of our Octoblique MIDAS, over a dozen different companies expressed a keen interest in processing the data to create different avenues to unique products and services. For the benefit of helping to identify those businesses that have created a processing path for the nine cam system, we have decided to offer this page providing links to each business’ site as well as their processed test data. As more companies complete their processing, we will continue to add their respective names and links to this page in the order in which they were received.

SKYLINE SOFTWARE SYSTEMS, INC.

TerraBuilder PhotoMesh

Skyline used it’s TerraBuilder PhotoMesh to fully automate and generate the 3D mesh models of Orlando shown in this video. Click Here to watch this breakthrough application combining unlimited scalability with superior precision to produce consistent and accurate 3D models. See Here for more information.

BENTLEY SYSTEMS, INC.

ContextCapture

This 3D model was created by Bentley Systems, Inc. using their ContextCapture 3D photogrammetry solution which can automatically generate 3D meshes with LOD (level-of-detail), for efficient visualization and analysis of very large 3D models. These features explain why ContextCapture is becoming the standard solution for city-scale 3D mapping.

IDAN COMPUTERS LTD.

Makers of Oblivision

Click for the Press Release. Click Here to view the Orlando Octoblique imagery in the Oblivision Online software.

PIX4D

Makers of Pix4Dmapper

Click Here for a 3D model of Downtown Orlando in Sketchfab.

LEAD’AIR, INC.

MIDAS Metro / Stellacore PictoVera Processing

MIDAS Metro 17 look direction Wide-Field/Tele-View (WF/TV) systems equals higher fidelity 3D results – WF/TV systems offer stronger block geometry configurations than classic single sensor systems.

Click on any of the images below to enlarge.

ABOUT


Lead 'Air, Inc. Logo

Track'Air™ B.V. was established in the Netherlands in 1994. Track 'Air™ specializes in developing efficiency tools for the Aerial Survey Profession. With approximately a thousand private and governmental organizations around the globe operating our premier X-Track software and customized hardware, Track'Air™ has undoubtedly become the most popular provider of Flight Management Systems (FMS) worldwide. In 2001, Lead'Air, Inc. - a US Corporation, was originally incorporated to support North American sales of Track'Air™ products.

Six years later, Lead'Air's close affiliation with Track'Air™ BV in the Netherlands resulted in a change. Moving forward, all production, sales and support of Track'Air™ products became exclusively handled by Lead'Air, Inc. As a result, Lead'Air became the manufaturing hub for the design and development of all Track'Air™ and Lead'Air products globally. Several OEMs, including Applanix, and Vexcel, have developed outstanding products utilizing Track'Air™ FMS as the mainstay of their sensor control development. Due to the complexity and diversity of different aircraft and sensors, the amount of customization we put forward is unsurpassed in this market.

Lead'Air Company
As a privately owned company, Lead'Air, Inc. employs dozens of experienced professionals from around the world. Our staff consists of software, hardware, and electronic engineers. Our pilots, photogrammetrists, and machinists all contribute to the development and manufacturing of all of our products. In 2004m Lead'Air began the process of designing and manufacturing the MIDAS, Multi-Camera Digital Acquisition System, for 3D modeling. These systems, including the MIDAS name itself, have become synonymous with quality 3D modeling.

As a result of the extensive development of different types of camera mounting products, Lead'Air's development of the MIDAS resulted in a spin-off product that we call our STX series of IMU stabilized mounts for large and small format sensors, including digital cameras, LiDAR systems, and hyper-spectral imaging systems. These stabilized mounts are well known for strength, accuracy, and reliability, and have been sold all over the world.

FMS Example Image

The Track'Air™ X-Track software is the core of the IMU / FMS POSTrack system, which is delivered by Applanix. Recently, X-Track was fully integrated by Intergraph as the ZiTrack for their DMC and future digital camera systems.

We understand that data acquisition is of the utmost importance in the aerial survey industry. As you photograph the world, Lead'Air, Inc. & Track'Air B.V. want to ensure that your data is organized and you don't run into limitations when it comes to the amount of data you are able to store. As such, we have added the ability to change databases being used to accommodate higher capacity storage. For your convenience, you can now organize your project databases by location. Our commitment to the continued innovation of new and improved products is unmatched in the industry and we continue to strive for excellence in the products and services for which we are known.

FEATURES


New stabilized suspension system.

MIDAS The MIDAS VI mount is made possible because of a new, ground breaking fully stabilized camera suspension system. This innovative system allows the camera array to move freely, hovering at a very short distance above or even lowered into the camera hole, without the need for a bulky old-fashioned circular mount. With no control arms to get in the way or impede movement, the mount legs can be adjusted in height to lower the optical array into the mounting hole to the optimal position for each aircraft, allowing smaller holes and/or wider lenses than a mount with a typical gimbal system in the same plane as the optics.

Customized metric mapping cameras.

Custom Metric Mapping Cameras Instead of building the system with very costly medium format cameras, Lead'Air uses less expensive off the shelf, full frame, top of the line DSLR bodies from Nikon. These camera bodies are reengineered and rebuilt in our own manufacturing facilities. They are reassembled using the best available lenses into true metric mapping cameras which are each delivered with an official calibration certificate. If requested the MIDAS VI can be built with a medium format PhaseOne iXM camera in the vertical position only with 4 oblique DSLR cameras or all 5 positions with medium format cameras. The additional cost of the cameras will be passed on to the client.

Powerful computer control center.

Powerful Computer Control Center

The MIDAS VI is controlled by the MIDAS VI Computer Control Center and takes advantage of the years of development creating the best known oblique imaging system in the world. The MIDAS VI Computer Control Center contains all the necessary controls for each camera, IMU, Navigation interface, stabilized mount and all power functions for the system. Even the most robust systems occasionally need maintenance. The modular unit allows for operator maintenance in the field with replacement modules overnighted when needed.

Powerful backup computer control station.

The amount of data captured per day can be substantial and because each camera has a dedicated Solid State Drive in the Disk Array it is important to be able to download the data as efficiently as possible. Lead'Air delivers a backup station that automatically and systematically downloads all the data to two of your high speed hard drives to be sent to the office or maintained on sight until the project is complete. Redundant copying is critical in the case of a drive failure.

Complete automation.

Plug in the Disk Array, answer a few questions in the custom software package and the system will download all the data from the solid state drives to two drives at once, perform a disk verification and when you approve, reformat the disk array to ready it for the next flight. Two disk arrays are included with each system, so if necessary, while one is flying and capturing more data the other can be downloading.

Pilot and Operator Displays


The MIDAS system is designed for fully automated operation. With a flight plan loaded, the system assures leveling, drift compensation and automatic firing throughout the mission, so long as the aircraft is flown within acceptable tolerances of the predetermined flight lines. To accomplish this, a track-up pilot display is indispensable for the pilot to guide the aircraft to the flight lines. No manipulation of the camera array or the mount is required during the flight mission, however an on-board operator is required to monitor the system and to ensure all photography is being acceptably acquired. The operator will generally have two screens; A main system screen, showing thumbnail images of all acquired photography, and an operator screen displaying the flight plan, so he / she may work with the pilot and air traffic control in flying the mission.

MIDAS Pilot Display

MOBILE OPTIONS:
Aside the pilot and operator displays mentioned in the preceding section, the MIDAS system may be operated with mobile tablet or phone devices, operating through the WiFi interface, standard in the MIDAS control unit. SNAP-SHOT MOBILE is an application running on Windows Tablet devices, capable of replacing the wired display, in some cases offering greater mobility, flexibility and compactness. Yoke mounts are commonly available for such devices, adaptable to the aircraft model(s) you will be flying. While the MAIN (thumbnail) screen remains connected by cable to the MIDAS control unit, the Operator screen, also running SnapSHOT, may be loaded with the mobile app, and run on a tablet, iPad, or Windows tablet.

Technical Specifications


General.

Power Requirements 24-28 Volts at 24-30 Amp
MIDAS Computer Size 19 x 13 x 15in (490 x 330 x 390mm)
Nav / Camera Control X-TRACK Flight Management System
FMS Interface Flat panel touch screen
Cameras x5 Nikon D850 46 MP
Lenses 1-100mm and 4-135mm Zeiss MILVUS f/1.4 ZE (1 vertical + 4 tilted)
Sensor 14 bits
Images 5 x 46 Mega pixel raw images
Image Quality Control Real time viewer with thumbnail display
Image Storage x6 512GB SATA SSD Drives
Performance Interval of 1.3 seconds
Altitude Max 25,000 feet
Operating Temperature 32° - 140°F (0° - 60°C)
Shock / Vibration Rubber Vibration Dampeners
IMU / GPS Integrated Applanix AP 50 IMU

Fully stabilized camera mount.

Drift Correction Automatic; Motorized ± 30°
Pitch / Roll Leveling Automatic; Motorized ± 10°
Camera Angle Fixed 45°
Shock / Vibration Rubber Vibration Dampeners

Weight and balance.

MIDAS computer system w/ frame, POS, cables and disks ~101lbs (~45.8kg)
Pitch / Roll Leveling Automatic; Motorized ± 10°
Camera Angle Fixed 45°
Shock / Vibration Rubber Vibration Dampeners

Features


Octoblique MIDAS

New stabilized suspension system.

The Octoblique MIDAS is made possible because of a new, ground breaking fully stabilized camera suspension system. This innovative system allows the 9 cameras to move freely, hovering at a very short distance above the camera hole, without the need for a bulky old-fashioned circular mount.

Customized metric mapping cameras.

Instead of building the system with very costly medium format cameras, Lead'Air uses less expensive off the shelf, full frame, top of the line SLR bodies from Canon. These Lead'Air CamLens mounting systems are entirely rebuilt in our manufacturing facilities.

Powerful computer control center.

Computer Control Center

The Octoblique MIDAS is controlled by the MIDAS Computer Control Center and can take advantage of the years of development creating the best known Oblique Imaging System in the world; the MIDAS. The MIDAS Computer Control Center contains all the necessary controls for each camera, IMU, Navigation interface, stabilized mount and all power functionality for the system. The most robust systems occasionally need maintenance. The modular unit allows for operator maintenance in the field with replacement modules overnighted when needed.

Automated Flight Planning.

Octo Midas Diag

With a newly designed flight planning system, the operator is ensured complete coverage with a stacked image methodology. The system automatically creates flight plans and modifies the side and forward overlap to ensure the areas are completely photographed from all 8 angles, as well as a vertical view.

8 vs 5


The OCTOBLIQUE MIDAS 450 megapixel imagery results in 8 views from various stations that cover the Nadir view in the middle such as the examples shown below:

Octomidas Example


A 5 camera oblique system results in only 5 views such as the example shown below:

Octomidas Example

The OCTOBLIQUE MIDAS imagery (centered on a building) results in 8 views from various stations that cover the Nadir view in the middle, such as the examples shown below:

Octomidas Example

Operating a 5 camera oblique system results in ONLY 5 views such as the example shown below:

Octomidas Example
Octomidas Diagram 1
Octomidas Diagram 2
Octomidas Diagram 3

Technical Specifications


General.

Power requirements 24-28 Volts at 24-30 Amps
Size 19 x 13 x 15in (490 x 330 x 390mm)
Nav / Camera Control Integrated X-TRACK flight management system
GPS Integrated Garmin 18 or any external receiver
FMS Interface Flat panel touch screen
Drift Measurement Integrated vertical video with display
Cameras x9 Canon 5DS 50 MP (1 vertical + 8 tilted)
Sensor 14 bits
Images x9 50 Megapixel RAW, TIF, JPG images
Image Quality Control Integrated real time viewer with display
Image Storage x10 Solid State SATA SSD Drives
Performance 1 second interval with Canon 5DS
Altitude Max 13,000 feet
Operating Temperature 32° - 140°F (0° - 60°C)
Shock / Vibration Pneumatic shock absorbers
IMU Integrated Applanix POSAV 410

Fully stabilized camera mount.

Drift Correction Motorized ± 30°
Pitch / Roll Leveling Motorized ± 10°
Camera Angle Fixed (30° to 60° brackets available)
Shock / Vibration Pneumatic shock absorbers

Camera pod / fairing.

US Certification
(each airplane must be individually certified)
Cessna 172/182/206 (other aircraft possible)

Weight and balance.

MIDAS computer system MDC w/ frame, POS, cables and disks ~128lbs (~58kg)
MIDAS Mount and extension cylinder ~75lbs (~34kg)
MIDAS array with cameras ~64lbs(~29kg)
Total ~267lbs (~121kg)

Features


Complete corridor coverage from three angles.

The MIDAR-H is designed to obtain two oblique views- one forward, one back, and one vertical view to capture powerline and other corridor imagery with complete confidence that all data is secured. The images are captured directly to high speed solid state drives during flight.

Automated backup.

The MIDAR-H comes complete with an automated backup station. The station is designed to simultaneously backup the days data to up to three different drives, allowing for fast shipment of the data to the main office, and a secondary copy to be maintained with the flight crew until the data is confirmed at your main processing center.

Midar-H mounted

Fully compensated mount for extreme angular coverage.

The MIDAR-H helicopter mount allows for ± 40° roll, ± 10° pitch, and ±30° yaw. These extreme angles allow fully compensating movement of the aircraft tracking a line, greatly enhancing productivity and assuring orthogonal image geometry.

Powerful Computer Control Center.

The MIDAR-H is controlled by the MIDAS Computer Control Center and takes advantage of the years of development that went into creating the world renown Oblique Imaging System, the MIDAS. The MIDAS Computer Control Center contains: all the necessary controls for each camera, Riegl LiDAR Interface, IMU, Navigation interface, stabilized mount, and all power functionality for the system. Even the most robust systems occasionally need maintenance. This modular unit allows for operator maintenance in the field with replacement modules overnighted, if needed.

Automated strip / segment flight planning.

Midar-H mounted

The MIDAR-H has it's own automated flight planning process created expressly for taking advantage of the fully compensating mount. Provide centerline data of the corridor segments you are acquiring and with some basic information the software will do the rest. Because helicopters can fly slower and turn much tighter, you can fly winding corridors without dividing the flight into time consuming multiple straight segments.

Midar-H mounted

Low altitude acquisition.

The system is particularly adapted to low-level flight- automatically tracking and firing at altitudes as low as 200ft AGL, and delivering GSD better than 0.25in (0.6cm). The three cameras ensure that images will be captured approaching a power-line pole, directly above it and on the opposite side after passage, while the high-resolution LIDAR scanner scans the entire width of the corridor.

Fully adapted metric mapping cameras.

Instead of building a system with very costly medium format cameras, Lead'Air uses less expensive off the shelf, full frame, top of the line SLR bodies from Canon. These Lead'Air CamLens mounting systems are entirely rebuilt in our manufacturing facilities. They are reassembled using the best available lenses into true metric mapping cameras which are each delivered with an official calibration certificate.

Customized metric mapping cameras.

Custom Metric Mapping Cameras

Instead of building the system with very costly medium format cameras, Lead'Air uses less expensive off the shelf, full frame, top of the line DSLR bodies from Nikon. These camera bodies are reengineered and rebuilt in our own manufacturing facilities. They are reassembled using the best available lenses into true metric mapping cameras which are each delivered with an official calibration certificate.

Customized for your particular equipment.

Do you have different equipment than we are showing? Since we manufacture our equipment onsite, most of our systems can be reconfigured, and we can create a custom mount configuration to fit your equipment. Contact us for a quotation.

Technical Specifications


General.

Power Requirements 24-28 Volts at 24-30 Amps
Size 19.6 x 18.75 x 17.3in (W/H/D) (498 x 476 x 440mm)
Nav / Camera Control Integrated X-TRACK flight management system
GPS Integrated Garmin 18 or any external receiver
FMS Interface Flat panel touch screen
Drift Measurement Automated from IMU data
Cameras x3 Canon 5DS 50 MP (1 vertical + 2 oblique)
Sensor 14 bits
Images x3 50 Megapixel RAW, TIF, JPG images
Image Quality Control Integrated real time viewer with display
Image Storage x6 Solid State SATA SSD Drives
Performance 0.4 second interval with Canon 5DS
Altitude Max 5,000 feet
Operating Temperature 32° - 140°F (0° - 60°C)
Shock / Vibration Pneumatic shock absorbers
IMU Integrated Applanix POSAV 410

Fully stabilized camera mount.

Drift Correction Motorized ± 30°
Pitch / Roll Leveling Motorized ± 10° / ± 40°
Camera Angle Fixed (30° to 60° brackets available)
Shock / Vibration Pneumatic shock absorbers

Weight and balance.

MIDAS computer system w/ frame, POS, cables and disks ~106lbs (~48kg)
MIDAR-H Mount (including cameras and VUX-1) ~82lbs (~37kg)
MIDAR-H Backup Station ~35lbs (~16kg)
Total ~223lbs (~101kg)

Features


Complete coverage from five angles.

Helidas Camera Array

Just like our MIDAS, the HELIDAS is designed to obtain four oblique and one vertical view. The vertical view can be configured with an SLR or a Phase One IXU 1000 camera for optimal vertical image quality. The system is ideal for capturing exceptional high-resolution imagery with complete confidence that all data is acquired. The images are verified with real time thumbnail views and captured directly to high-speed solid state hard drives during flight.

Incomparable multi-use design.

With Puppet'Air Mount

Helidas w/ Puppet'Air Mount

With Meeker Bell 206 Helicopter Mount

Helidas w/ Puppet'Air Mount

The HELIDAS is unsurpassed in its ability to quickly transform from a helicopter to fixed wing aircraft system. The exclusive camera array has been designed to detach from the helicopter mount and attached to an optional Puppet'Air mount. It is the most versatile oblique image capture system on the market to date.

Helidas Computer Control

Powerful computer control center.

The HELIDAS is controlled by a MIDAS Computer Control Center and takes advantage of the years of development that went into creating the world renown Oblique Imaging System, the MIDAS. The MIDAS Computer Control Center contains: all the necessary controls for each camera, IMU, Navigation interface, stabilized mount and all power functionality for the system. Even the most robust systems occasionally need maintenance. This modular unit allows for operator maintenance in the field with replacement modules overnighted when needed.

Technical Specifications


General.

Power Requirements 24-28 Volts at 24-30 Amps
Size 19.6 x 18.75 x 17.3in (W/H/D) (498 x 476 x 440mm)
Nav / Camera Control Integrated X-TRACK flight mgmt. system
GPS Applanix AP40 or 50
FMS Interface Flat panel touch screen
Drift Measurement Automated from IMU data
Cameras x5 Canon 5DS 50 MP -> 1 vertical, 4 oblique
or
x1 PhaseOne 100MP & x5 Canon 5DS 50MP
or
x5 PhaseOne 100MP -> 1 vertical, 4 oblique
Sensor CMOS 14 or 16 bit
Images x5 50 Megapixel RAW, TIF, JPG images
Image Quality Control Integrated real time viewer with display
Image Storage x6 Solid State SATA SSD Drives
Performance 1 second interval with Canon 5DS R
Altitude Max 15,000 feet MSL
Operating Temperature 32° - 140°F (0° - 60°C)
Shock / Vibration Rubber shock absorbers
IMU Integrated Applanix AP40 or 50

Fully stabilized camera mount.

Drift Correction Motorized ± 30°
Pitch / Roll Leveling Motorized ± 10°
Camera Angle Fixed (30° to 60° available)

Weight and balance.

MIDAS computer system w/ frame, POS, cables and disks ~106lbs (~48kg)
HELIDAS Mount (including cameras) ~82lbs (~37kg)
Total Helicopter mount ~188lbs (~85kg)
MIDAS computer system w/ frame, POS, cables and disks ~106lbs (~48kg)
HELIDAS Mount (including cameras) ~82lbs (~37kg)
Table Mount for Fixed Wing ~37lbs (~17kg)
Total Airplane mount ~225lbs (~102kg)

Technical Specifications


Power Requirements: 28 - 48 Volts
Computer Control Center Size: 15 x 17 x 10.5in (38 x 43 x 27cm H x D x W)
Navigation Camera Control: X-Track FMS
FMS Interface: Flat Panel Touch Screen
Pilot Display: Samsung Tablet
Operating Temperature: 32° - 140°F (0° - 60°C)

WEIGHT AND BALANCE
(May vary slightly with individual system configurations)
Total Weight of System: 33 lbs (14.5 kg)

Features


More functionality than any of our previous FMS.

Omnitrack

The Omnitrack Control Center delivers more functionality than any of our previous Flight Management Systems. The FMS module controls two sensor connections that can be triggered to independent sensor conditions. It also provides connectivity to our stabilized gimbals and the system operator display. In addition, the External Interface section provides various power connections and RJ-45 connectivity for other possible sensor options. The Omnitrack is a truly versatile system that can even be expanded to add additional functionality and connectivity.

Ruggedized aluminum housing.

Omnitrack Sensor Operator

The Sensor Operator flat panel display is a bright LVDS specially designed touch screen in a ruggedized aluminum housing. The custom housing connects to the Control Center and allows the display to be safely and directly connected to 24 volt aircraft power. The housing is engineered in accordance with Flat Display Mounting Interface (FDMI) standards.

Incredibly fast performance.

With a Next-Gen Intel Core i5 processor providing incredibly fast performance, Windows 10s powerful operating system, and a crisp bright display, the OMNITRACK has demonstrated it is perfectly suitable for cockpit operation.

The computer software is selectively configured to run the X-Track snapSHOT in-flight software module at startup, and the operating system is fully protected from unintentional corruption. The touchscreen is a high quality display with a wide viewing angle and provides backlighting suitable for day or night use. The system adapts ideally to any aircraft environment.

SnapSHOT is used to control the cameras and sensors and to provide navigation information to the pilot. SnapSHOT assists the crew in taking the best course of action by continually displaying the current status of the mission. Critical FAA (USA only) aeronautic information (restricted airspace, danger areas, international boundaries, etc.) can be displayed together with the limits of the project. Raster maps and aeronautical charts can also be shown in the background.

Wireless Pilot Display.

Omnitrack Mount The Omnitrack provides a Wireless Pilot display in the form of a Samsung 8 inch Tablet in a special fan cooled housing with a yoke mount that is powered directly by the Control Center. The power cable insures that the tablet has continuous operation for the pilot on extended acquisition flights.

X-Track Software


The Track'Air X-Track planning software includes 5 independent software modules tightly integrated by means of a common database. All these programs allow the use of raster maps and DEM data in the planning process.

General descriptions of each module can be found below:

snapXYZ snapXYZ

This module allows the planner to define project limits and background shapes by typing or loading coordinates into a specific text driven header. The planner can import a variety of CAD files including DXF, SHP, DCW or KML files to be employed as area or background drawings during the flight planning and inflight acquisition process. Additionally, the preparation of individual flight runs or a block of runs from existing coordinate text files can be added to a flight plan header. This can be accomplished by copy / pasting or direct typing. The module includes a graphical viewer for a quick inspection of the data.

snapVIEW snapVIEW

This module allows you to open, import, or save a variety of georeferenced topographic maps and imagery from around the world as well as interface with Google Maps, Bing Maps, or Web Map Services available online. A selection of drawing tools are available for defining the project limits using screen digitizing on the available raster backgrounds. From digitizing a single polygon as a project limit to creating outlines of specific topographic features and details, or saving the raster image for creating flight lines in the snapPLAN module for useful display information during the acquisition process, this is a module you can't do without.

snapPLAN snapPLAN

This module has a near countless number of options to create flight plans. With automated as well as manual functionality, the system allows you to create and optimize blocks of runs and / or single photo strips. The software supports geographical and grid based pinpoint block planning. snapPLAN can manually or automatically adjust runs or strips for terrain altitude deviations from existing DEM data.

snapBASE snapBASE

The module that is the hub of the Tracker 32 Software Suite has a variety of management tools used to check and track the status and progress of projects. The Project Manager or flight planner employs this to finalize flight plans before missions as well as updating the office database with the data acquired or generated during the flight, from the acquisition computers.

snapPLOT snapPLOT

The module name says it all. This module is a printing, plotting, and exporting utility specially designed for the automated production of aerial survey indices and report documents. An unlimited number of layouts for specific printers can be saved as a means of standardizing or customizing the indices you wish to create. Customizable legends, titles, and adding your own logo are all possible in this versatile software. In addition, the planning and acquisition data can be exported as a dxf file to be utilized in other CAD functional programs.

X-Track Tracker Database X-Track Tracker Database

The data produced and processed by Tracker is saved to a built in relational Microsoft ACCESS mdb database which can be used by any number of programs.

The benefits are:

  • Planning and acquisition data is stored in one place and can be easily transferred between computers.
  • Data is captured in a structured and logical way using the concepts of a relational database.
  • Data can be easily accessed with the Microsoft Access structured query language (SQL) for developing customized databases, applications, add-ons or extensions that access the data directly from the Tracker.mdb database. The Tracker database can become part of a new or existing geographic information system (GIS).

Features


Fully stabilized with IMU data.

STX Diagram

STX-120 fully stabilized system compensates for roll, pitch and yaw using streaming data from an IMU assuring proper nadir or oblique alignment of the sensor at all times during the flight. Designed by Lead'Air's in-house engineering and built in our manufacturing facility, we provide our assurance that this mount meets our own rigorous standards for proper aviation safety.

Multiple mounting configurations.

STX Diagram

The mount is self-calibrated within seconds and can be installed in any of four directions. It can be installed to best fit the shape and layout of any aircraft, whether this is along, against, or even perpendicular to the direction of flight. As a result, relocating the mount to other aircraft is easy. Several mount apparatus are available depending on the platform type. The NEW Micro STX Controller contains all the electronics necessary for the operation of the mount in flight. The controller must be connected to an IMU, like an Applanix, Novatelstx or other compatible device. If required, the STX controller can be expanded at will by adding a number of modules such as the Track'Air Flight Management module, an Applanix AP IMU module, a Riegl Lidar control module, etc.

Micro STX Controller

Micro STX controller.

With a size of only 5" x 5" x 3.5" the controller can conveniently be positioned in any aircraft. The mount can be configured so that it is limited to a lesser degree of if it is viewing the fuselage or confronted with an obstacle such as the side of a narrow hole. For example, of the 14° of available pitch, the mount can be limited to 8° to prevent touching the obstacle.

Phase one compatibility.

Phase One Compatibility
Phase One mounted

The STX-120 is fully compatible with Phase One's iXU-R lightweight cameras. Phase One iXU-R cameras are designed specifically for the purposes of providing a metric quality camera for the aerial photography industry. The iXU-R camera offers flexibility for users with a need for medium format photography from a helicopter or light aircraft. The STX-120 has been customized specifically for the iXU-R providing a lightweight package complete with a fully stabilized mount and entirely controlled by our X-Track FMS software (optional). The adaptable mounting apparatus allows the system to be installed on various types of helicopters, UAVs, as well as fixed wing aircraft.

Technical Specifications


General.

Power Requirements 24 - 28 Volts at 12 - 13 Amps
Size 8.3" W x 6" L x 3" H (211mm W x 153mm L x 76mm H)
Sensor Single DSLR, medium format or LiDAR
Altitude Max 13,000 feet
Operating Temperature 32° - 140°F (0° - 60°C)
Shock / Vibration Pneumatic shock absorbers
IMU (optional) Integrated Applanix AP20 IMU

Fully stabilized mount.

Drift Correction Automatic ; Motorized ± 29°
Pitch / Roll Leveling Automatic ; Motorized ± 9°/ ± 11°
Camera Angle Fixed angle (customizable)
Shock / Vibration Pneumatic shock absorbers
Aircraft Options Large UAVs, helicopters or fixed wing aircraft

Weight and balance. Variable with individual system configurations.

STX-120 Mount (w/ a DSLR Camera and IMU) ± 9.7lbs (3.6kg)
UTrack Controller Between 1 to 3lbs (0.4 to 1.3kg) depending on model
STX-120 Diagram

Features


Contrary to other mount designs, the STX open circular gimbal allows the sensor system to be fixed to the mount so as to be as low as possible above the airplane hole. As the center of rotation is also located as low as possible, the sensor can take full advantage of the ±14 degrees full range of correction in pitch and roll and ±29 degrees of drift correction. The NEW Micro STX Controller contains all the electronics necessary for the operation of the mount in flight. The controller must be connected to an IMU, like an Applanix, Novatel or other compatible device. If required the STX controller can be expanded at will by adding a number of modules such as the Track'Air Flight Management module, an Applanix AP IMU module, a Riegl Lidar control module, etc.

Micro STX Controller

With a size of only 5" x 5" x 3.5" the controller can conveniently be positioned in any aircraft.

The mount is self-calibrated within seconds and can be installed in any of four directions. This means that it can be installed to best fit the shape and layout of any aircraft, whether this is along, against, or even perpendicular to the direction of flight. As a result, relocating the mount to other aircraft is easy.

Mount with Riegl Q1560 and coiled vibration mounts

Mount shown with Riegl Q1560 and coiled vibration mounts

The mount can be configured so that it is limited to a lesser degree if it is viewing the fuselage or confronted with an obstacle such as the side of a narrow hole. For example, of the 14° of available pitch, the mount can be limited to 8° to prevent touching the obstacle.

Mount with Leica RCD30 and Riegl 680i

Mount with Leica RCD30 and Riegl 680i.

Technical Specifications


Roll: ± 10°
Pitch: ± 10°
Yaw / Drift: ± 29°
Payload: Up to 250lbs (114kg)
Operational Voltage: 28 VDC
Power Consumption: 120W Max
Operating Temperature: 0 °C to 70°C
Maximum Sensor Diameter: 19" (485mm)
Sensor Mount Weight: 48lbs (21.5kg)
SteadyTrack Controller Weight: 1 - 3 lbs
Dimensions: 36" W x 33" L x 12" H
(905mm W x 822mm L x 312mm H)
STX21 Diagram

Features


Three axis stabilization.

Designed for large and/or heavy sensors (up to 90KG/200LBS), the mount is stabilized in all three axis. Movement of the aircraft is thus fully compensated, assuring proper, orthogonal alignment of the sensor at all times during flight. The NEW Micro LG Controller contains all the electronics necessary for the operation of the mount in flight. The controller must be connected to an IMU, such as an Applanix, Novatel or other compatible device. If required the LG Controller can be expanded at will by adding a number of modules such as the Track'Air Flight Management module, an Applanix AP IMU module, a Riegl Lidar control module, etc.

Micro LG Controller

Micro LG Controller

The mount is self-calibrated within seconds and can be installed in any of four directions. This means that it can be installed to best fit the shape and layout of any aircraft, whether this is along, against, or even perpendicular to the direction of flight. As a result, relocating the mount to other aircraft is easy. The mount can be configured so that it is limited to a lesser degree of freedom if confronted with an obstacle such as the side of a narrow hole. For example, of the 10° of available pitch, the mount can be limited to 6° to prevent touching the obstacle.

  • Properly aligned sensing - Roll, Pitch and Heading compensated simultaneously to the limits of the mount.
  • Extreme Range - The SteadyTrack LG affords unparalleled range: (±11.65° roll, ±9° pitch, ±29° yaw simultaneously). No error issues at limits.
  • Custom Built - Lead'Airs in-house engineering provides customers assurance their sensor and aircraft needs will be perfectly integrated with the mount.
  • Adjustable - The LG mount calibrates within seconds. It can be oriented in any of four directions. Moving the mount from one aircraft to another is highly simplified.
  • Fast and Accurate - Images are typically within 0.2° of vertical and track of the aircraft.
  • Removable lifting handles allow easy lifting for removal, replacement or maintenance.
  • Custom Configuration - The movement limit stops may be set at any point in the event the very broad movement range of the mount conflicts with airframe or mounting hole limitations.

Technical Specifications


Roll: ± 11.65°
Pitch: ± 9°
Yaw / Drift: ± 29°
Payload: Up to 200lbs (90kg)
Operational Voltage: 28 VDC
Power Consumption: 120W Max
Operating Temperature: 0°C to 70°C
Maximum Sensor Diameter: 14" (360mm)
Sensor Mount Weight: 55lbs (25kg)
SteadyTrack Controller Weight: 12kg
Dimensions: 20" W x 25" L x 6" H
(508mm W x 635mm L x 152mm H)
Positioning Accuracy: < 0.2° typical
SteadyTrack LG diagram

Features


Modular design.

The UTrack is created with the opportunity to customize your own solution. You may not need all of the components so it is offered in four different configurations:

  • UTrack Flight Management System for a fully autonomous FMS application. This system will work with your existing camera and IMU provided it can output a NMEA string of data. Allows for pilot only operation (no sensor operator required).
  • UTrack 2 Flight Management System including all of the components of the UTrack and an Integrated Applanix APX 15 IMU system.
  • UTrack 3 Flight Management System, including a fully stabilized mount customized to your specific single sensor. System will include an Applanix IMU providing a completely integrated autonomous acquisition platform.
  • UTrack 4 Flight Management System including all of the components of the UTrack 3 and a post processing computer from Stellacore Solutions designed to seamlessly and automatically process your raw data.

Technical Specifications


General.

Power Requirements 24-28 Volts at 12-13 Amp
Size H 20" W x 25" L x 6" H (508mm W x 635mm L x 152mm)
Nav / Camera Control U-TRACK flight management system
GPS Integrated Garmin 18
OR
any external receiver
FMS Interface Flat panel touch screen
Cameras x5 Nikon D-810 36 MP (1 vertical + 4 tilted)
OR
Canon 5DS 50 megapixel
Sensor Single DSLR, medium format or LiDAR
Performance Better than 1 second interval with DSLR Camera
Altitude Max 13,000 feet
Operating Temprature 32° - 140°F (0° - 60°C)
Shock / Vibration Rubber mount vibration isolators
IMU (optional) Integrated Applanix APX 15 IMU

Fully stabilized camera mount.

Drift Correction Automatic; Motorized ± 29°
Pitch / Roll Leveling Automatic; Motorized ± 9° / ± 11°
Camera Angle Fixed angle (customizable)
Shock / Vibration Pneumatic shock absorbers
AIRCRAFT OPTIONS Large UAVs, any helicopter or fixed wing aircraft

Weight and balance.(may vary with individual system configurations)

UTrack Mount with Camera and IMU ± 9.7lbs (3.6kg)
UTrack Controller Between 1 and 3 lbs (0.4 to 1.3 kg)

Features


ON-Track with Sensor.

Pictured, is a top view of the ON-Track Drift Mount with a Phase One Camera mounted. The mount requires no calibration and can be installed over a standard hole with little effort. As a result, relocating the mount to other aircraft is straightforward.

ON-Track Drift Camera.

The Drift Video Camera System is provided as a means of visually correcting for the drift of the aircraft as it crabs down the line. The Drift cam comes with a power cord that can be plugged into any 12-24 volt power source.

On-Track drift camera

Why do you need YAW (drift) stabilization?

Without drift connection
Without drift connection
ON-Track drift mount

Features


Black Magic 4K Micro Cinema Camera

Black Magic 4k Micro Cinema Camera.

The Black Magic 4K Micro Cinema Camera combined with a Panasonic Macro45mm f/2.8 lens provides a high quality recording of the powerline project. It can simultaneously be used to give feedback and visual guidance for manually targeting the system.

Red Hen System VMS-333.

The Optional Red Hen System VMS-333 is interconnected to automatically Geotag the video recording with geographic coordinates during acquisition. These geotags can be accessed directly in Google Earth.

Red Hen System VMS-333

Shotgun-Flame.

Shotgun-Flame

The Shogun-Flame displays a live feed from the Black Magic camera and simultaneously records the video directly to a high-speed SD card for easy retrieval at the end of the mission.

Snyp'Air Computer Control Center

The Snyp'Air Computer Control Center provides an interface for the SteadyTrack Mount, an Applanix AP20 IMU, Joystick controller, camera and video controls as well as power junctions for all parts of the system. Ethernet and USB ports are provided for external connectivity to the Control Center. The system runs on 24 volts and has a cabled remote control for powering the unit on or off.

Typical installation in a Bell 206B helicopter showing the ATMOS Shogun-Flame display, Surf'Air FMS tablet and the Targeting Control system.

Typical installation in a Bell 206B Helicopter

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