05604534 is referenced by 113 patents and cites 21 patents.

An airborne direct digital panoramic camera system and method in which an in-line electro-optical sensor eliminates the need for photographic film and film transport apparatus normally associated with prior art airborne reconnaissance cameras and yet still retains the very high image resolution quality which is so important in intelligence operations and commercial geographic information systems (GIS), mapping and other remote sensing applications. The system provides a simpler, more efficient and less costly panoramic camera by utilizing a lens in conjunction with the electro-optical line array sensor wherein the lens can be simpler and less expensive than a framing camera because it essentially requires quality focus in only one dimension and by eliminating the burden and delay necessitated in film processing and development. The massive amounts of digital data generated by the camera are compressed and any motion or panoramic errors are easily correctable in the digital data, while such errors were nearly impossible to correct in a cost effective fashion from film images. The compressed digital image data may be stored and retrieved later for utilization in computer type networks or alternatively can be transmitted from the aircraft to a ground station for prompt utilization.

Title
Direct digital airborne panoramic camera system and method
Application Number
8/449350
Publication Number
5604534
Application Date
May 24, 1995
Publication Date
February 18, 1997
Inventor
Jerry A Speasl
Pleasanton
CA, US
David G Weir
Ormond Beach
FL, US
Thomas M Hedges
Great Falls
VA, US
Agent
Christie Parker & Hale
Assignee
Omni Solutions International
VA, US
IPC
H04N 7/18
H04N 5/33
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