L3Harris offers the best commercially available aerial photography that provides a higher level of detail than satellite images, almost completely absence of clouds, and is very cost effective in many cases. Aerial imagery and maps from L3Harris provides a variety of options from regularly updated to historical data which are perfect for individuals, small business, farms, construction, real estate, mining and more. The resolution and accuracy from aerial imagery make it a great asset to any project requiring natural color or even IR imagery.
L3Harris is proud to be a distributor of the Hexagon Imagery Program (HxIP) data. HxIP is a high-quality, accurate and professional imagery dataset. The imagery within the program is 4-band (RGBN) ortho with 30cm (1 foot) resolution for the Wide Area Coverage and within the United States, 15cm (6 inch) for the Urban Area Coverage (defined as >50,000 population). The program also encompasses set specification and accuracy standards, metadata, and a planned refresh schedule. All data within this dataset will be captured using the latest in Hexagon sensor technologies.
See the difference in quality between 6” (left) and 1’ imagery (right). Hexagon imagery from 2016 in LA County, CA.
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Resolution: 15-30 cm
Band: Natural color, 4-band
Projection: UTM, Lat/Long, State Plane
Datum: NAD 27, 83, WGS 84
Dates: 2014 - present
If you need imagery for a small site in the US or western Europe quickly, we suggest using our online imagery portal. The aerial imagery is priced based on area size and starts at $99 USD. You can gain access to the portal by setting up an account here. Here is the set up guide if needed. Once set up, it will direct you to the Imagery Portal itself where you can upload or outline your project area, purchase the data, and be able to download it within a few minutes though larger files may take a bit longer.
If newer data is needed than what is available on the portal, please request a quote above.
Aerial Imagery Services
L3Harris offers fully integrated aerial digital topographic mapping services with the ability to take on any project on the North American Continent. With a fleet of distributed aircraft equipped with the newest digital mapping cameras, airborne GPS, and inertial measurement systems, and our staff of experienced photogrammetrists, imaging specialists, programmers, and technicians, we are uniquely qualified to deliver on critical projects — on-time and on-budget.
Photogrammetry is the science of making measurements and mapping from digital or hardcopy photographs. Aerial photogrammetry enables the accurate mapping of 3D coordinates on the ground, using 2D coordinates measured on stereo aerial photographs that see the same points on the ground from two or more different perspectives.
Photogrammetry is typically used to create topographic maps which depict the three-dimensional shape and features of the ground onto a two-dimensional surface and can also be used to produce contour line maps or Digital Terrain Models (DTMs), map corrected aerial imagery, and planimetric feature maps.
Advantages offered by aerial photogrammetry include:
- Extremely high spatial accuracy achieved using calibrated metric cameras. The precise focal length, principal point coordinates, and various forms of lens distortion are carefully calibrated so that systematic distortions can be accounted for and corrected.
- High resolution aerial maps and imagery allows users to realistically see the landscape from above and be used to resolve disputes that might occur from other technologies. Panchromatic, natural color or color infrared aerial photographs can be acquired from metric film cameras, or multispectral digital imagery can be acquired from digital metric cameras.
From working with aerial companies to produce the most efficient collection flight path, to choosing the appropriate aerial sensor for the task, a dedicated project lead will work with you to define the scope of work and ensure the success of the entire project.
The key to a successful aerial survey is being able to accurately reference the captured aerial imagery to ground control points.
GCPs must be clearly visible in the aerial image data, and we design the layout and placement of control points within the project area so we can ensure that the best coverage and horizontal and vertical accuracy requirements are met. Control is collected for most aerial projects unless otherwise specified.
L3Harris has partnered with the leading satellite imagery providers to offer a wide variety of imagery resolutions from 30cm to 15m data for any location in the world.
Press release | 05. 22. 2023
L3Harris Receives Contract to Advance Technology for Intelligence Community
L3Harris Technologies received an Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) contract to provide technology, including modeling and simulation studies, that will help characterize and predict human mobility.