Aerial Mapping & Photography
Aerial mapping, photography, and geographical analysis is a critical service used in countless business and government applications. It can include wide-area surveying, topographical mapping, natural resource management, archeological exploration, commercial & residential building planning, and almost any other project that can benefit from the “big picture” view that aerial surveying can provide.
Business that use aerial mapping & photography services include everyone from large corporations to private individuals and many civil & federal government agencies. Projects range from hundreds of miles of fiber optic line layout to surveys of a single home or farm plat. Most work is done with civil engineers, land surveyors, land developers, municipalities and government agencies. Tasks can include projects like utilities right-of-way acquisition planning, designing shopping centers and housing developments, create roadways, lay gas and water lines, design solar and wind farms, perform hydrology studies, assess wildfire damage, map wildlife habitat, and so many other still-emerging applications. Even Google uses extensive aerial photography for its visual database of the world.
There are many web sites that will assist you in understanding the complex world of aerial mapping & photography. For a comprehensive look at aerial photography & environmental science check out Environmental Science, a non-profit specializing in aerial photography and it's applications.
STEM Flights will introduce you to the basic principals of aerial mapping and photography with an on-line course of instruction. Then you will plan and fly an actual mission that maps a specific target area for analysis.