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NexTrack 2

NexTrack 2

The NexTrack 2 FMS was conceptualized and developed by Lead’Air, Inc. in their Kissimmee, FL facilities as an upgrade and complete replacement for our previous Track’Air Flight Management Systems. As with our previous systems the NexTrack 2 is a combination of software and hardware that covers all aspects of an airborne acquisition project from planning to final archiving of the data.

The software includes the complete X-Track Suite of Windows based planning and reporting software as well as the snapSHOT32 control module for the in-aircraft acquisition process.

The NexTrack 2 System Includes:

  • TECI-4 Interface
  • Surf’Air Operator tablet
  • Wireless Pilot Display tablet
  • Garmin 18 Navigation GPS
  • All required cables

 

Wide-Ranging System/Sensor Interface

The TECI-4 System/Sensor Interface is not much larger than a cell phone. Connected to the System Operator Tablet via a USB connection, it is designed to draw it’s power directly from the Tablet. The TECI-4 Interface is delivered with its own 5 Hz 12 channel GPS receiver; however it can also be connected to almost any other GPS receivers that have NMEA output capabilities.

In combination with the Track’air X-Track software on the Sensor Operator Tablet, the TECI-4 Interface triggers the sensor at pre-determined locations and records the positions with high accuracy. The system has the ability to also control “on/off” functions of many of the LiDAR scanning systems on the market.

The TECI-4 likewise performs many other tasks: exposing the details of the mission and the photo position on film (RC30, RMK TOP, etc.); automatically controlling all the camera functions, v/h, FMC, drift, etc. (with the necessary optional equipment) as well as interfacing with most camera mounts and stabilized platforms (Track’Air Steadytrack, PAV 30, GSM 3000, TAS, etc.).

It can be used with all existing legacy mapping cameras from the Leica RC10 and RC30 to the Zeiss RMK and LMK large format cameras. Small/medium format film cameras, modern digital cameras (Microsoft Vexcel, Phase One, etc.) and some LiDAR sensors are included.

Ruggedized Housing—Built in Ventilation

The Surf’Air Sensor Operator Tablet is a specially designed, ruggedized aluminum housing encapsulating a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet. The custom housing has effective, built in ventilation and a 24 volt input power supply that allows the tablet to be safely and directly connected to 24 volt aircraft power. The housing is engineered in accordance with the Flat Display Mounting Interface (FDMI) standards.

Incredibly Fast Performance

With a Next-Gen Intel Core i5 processor providing incredibly fast performance, Windows 8.1 powerful operating system and a crisp bright display, the Microsoft Surface Pro has demonstrated it is perfectly adaptable for cockpit operation.

The tablet software is exclusively configured to run the X-Track snapSHOT in-flight software module at startup and the operating system is entirely protected from unintentional corruption. The touchscreen is a high quality display with a wide viewing angle and backlighting suitable for indoor and outdoor use. The tablet adapts ideally to any aircraft environment.

Wireless Connectivity—Many Options

The Lead’Air snapSHOT Mobile device option allows snapSHOT to operate on your mobile device! This leading-edge technology allows the pilot to choose almost any mobile device as a pilot display. The platform independent software can be installed on any iPhone 5s or higher, IPad or iPad Mini Gen 2 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher, and all Microsoft Surface Pro computers with full version Microsoft Windows 8 operating software. SnapSHOT Mobile installed on any of these platforms can be used as a Pilot (client) device with wireless connectivity directly to the NexTrack 2 Surf’Air.

Along with a very small form factor these inexpensive devices have exceptional screens with excellent sunlight readability ideally suited for the cockpit environment. In addition to the yoke mount provided with this option, most of these devices can be conveniently installed in the cockpit using off the shelf mounting solutions. The device is connected to the Surf’Air Operator Tablet computer via wireless connectivity.

Most of these modern devices should be powerful enough to run all the new features of snapSHOT, including the display of large bitmaps and FAA airspace data during flight.

The mobile device acts as a display which can be controlled via its touch screen but does not require any action from the pilot once it is connected to the Track’Air Operator Tablet via WIFI. It updates itself and automatically starts the snapSHOT software, loads the selected project and follows the lead of the operator computer unless the pilot decides to take the lead, in which case the operator computer will automatically follow the pilot display. It can be graphically configured from its own interface and is independent of the camera operator’s view.

In-Flight Flexibility

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 on the background.

SnapSHOT interfaces with most known survey cameras from small format digital cameras to the latest large format digital mapping cameras. It also manages many types of geophysical equipment (Lidar, frame scanners, etc.)

SnapSHOT includes a built in flight simulator which can be used by the crew to become rapidly familiar with the system. Additionally snapSHOT can be interfaced with MS flight simulator for advance familiarization and training with the 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. A general description of each module is below:


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

 
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

 
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
 

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
 

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
 

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).
     

 

Other Flight Management Systems: 

NanoTrack Plus

 
 

NanoTrack Plus

The Lead’Air NanoTrack PLUS is a mid-level, yet highly capable flight management system, serving a broad spectrum of sensor platforms, from large-format, analog frame cameras to off-the-shelf small and medium format digital cameras (Nikon, Canon, Phase One, etc.)

NanoTrack PLUS provides superior functionality in a small form factor, along with developer options for sensor and mount connectivity.

The system accurately fires the camera at pre-computed positions and is capable of reading an electronic pulse back from the camera and providing a Mid Exposure Pulse (MEP) to an external source. This precise time tagging allows accurate geo-referencing of the actual photo position by a GPS or IMU. The hardware includes an interface box (capable of mount connectivity if needed), GPS Antenna/Receiver, and all required cables.

For more information about our NanoTrack Plus contact:
salesUSA@trackair.com or call +1 407-343-7571
 

Small Form Factor Flight Management System

NanoTrack PLUS is bundled with the X-Track software package that effectively manages the full workflow of an aerial project, from initial flight planning through final archiving of acquired data. The software includes a suite of Windows based planning and reporting tools.

The snapPLAN module allows the user to quickly and accurately create flight plans of any size, shape, and direction. Once you have entered the specifications of your camera you can effortlessly create a complete flight plan in a matter of minutes. See the flight plan below as an example.


Flight Plan of the Hamptons in New York, USA

The snapSHOT module is used during the flight to control the camera and provide guidance to the pilot.

When your flight planning is complete and it’s time to fly, snapSHOT will manage your workflow in the aircraft, graphically depicting your flight lines and photo locations as it precisely triggers the sensor(s) and receives exposure pulses back. SnapSHOT facilitates interception of flight lines, automatically selecting a line as you approach and commencing triggering at the correct time. The interface facilitates flying by depicting cross-track error, and heading and altitude indicators. In the US, Federal airspace boundaries are also depicted and can be updated monthly from our website. SnapSHOT keeps track of flown lines, and graphically depicts them on the pilot’s screen for easy management of the flown mission from the airplane, while recording line and exposure data to the database. The graphic interface includes standard turn rate indicators to facilitate alignment and interception of flight lines while enhancing the maneuvering comfort of the flown mission.

The snapBASE module

Upon completion of a flight, it is crucial to review the acquired imagery to determine which images are accepted and which, if any, must be rejected for quality control reasons. Rejected images may be replaced by redundant lines from the same flight, or they may have to be re-flown. Utilizing the same database as the other modules, snapBASE easily manages what may otherwise become a complex task, logging good imagery, keeping track of substituted images and tagging images to be re-flown. snapBASE allows the user to create sub-flight plans to optimize the re-flights for these images, minimizing cost overruns and project completion delays.

SnapBASE is used once again, upon final completion of a project, to archive the database and remove files from the main database to speed up current work and subsequent retrieval as necessary.

The snapPLOT module


ATC Map to send to Tower
 

Flown Flight Map for Internal Use or Send to Client

SnapPLOT is used where printed output is required, either ahead of acquisition, to communicate flight plans to Air Traffic Control to coordinate assistance, or upon completion of a job for archiving, documentation or illustration.

SnapPLOT is also useful during a larger project to demonstrate percentage of completion or to document dates for sections flown, or to be re-flown.

The drawing legends and symbology are highly customizable, with variable symbols, text sizes, spacing, etc., The graphic data is automatically keyed to database information, for example, using different map icons for each date flown on larger jobs that require multiple acquisition dates.

SnapPLOT drawings can be printed to any size printer or plotter or exported to .dxf format for use in CAD programs.

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. A general description of each module is below:


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

 
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

 
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
 

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
 

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
 

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).
     

NANOTRACK Specifications
The Nanotrack interface includes its own GPS receiver.
 
Specifications
 

  • USB 2.0 device can be connected to any USB 2.0 or 3.0 laptop or tablet
     
  • Integrated, single frequency 12 channel Garmin 18 GPS
     
  • Included GPS antenna to be installed on the glare shield or outside.
     
  • Operating altitude 25,000 feet + (laptop must have SSD above 14,000 feet)
     
  • Operating temperature 0° to 60° Celsius (32° to 140° Fahrenheit)
     
  • Dimensions 10 x 5 x 3 centimeters (4 x 2 x 1.25 inches)
     
  • Weight max 200g (7 oz.)
     
  • Relative triggering accuracy estimated to 1 meter (3 feet) at 120 knots (depends on GPS signal quality)
     
  • Minimum triggering interval between photos, 0.3 second (depending on camera)
     
  • Fully guaranteed for 1 year (no repair, exchange only)
     
  • Free software upgrade and support for 1 year.

 
 
Delivery
 

  • NanoTrack USB 2.0 camera interface
     
  • Camera cable custom built for most cameras
     
  • GPS antenna –Single frequency, navigation grade
     
  • MEP Cable
     
  • Computer Interface Cable
     
  • Software for planning: snapXYZ and snapPLAN, snapVIEW
     
  • Software for flight management: snapshot
     
  • Software for checking and reporting: snapBASE and snapPLOT
DESCRIPTION OF FEATURES
NexTrack 2
NanoTrack PLUS
NanoTrack PicoTrack SofTrack
GPS Included Garmin 18 – 5hz Navigation Grade GPS and Antenna
Internet Planning Support Google Earth KML or BING-maps TML files can be imported into and exported from our program. Imagery can also be captured and saved for planning.
WGS 84 Coordinate System World Geodetic System (WGS) 84 coordinate system avilable for planning.
Precision Camera Firing Camera is automatically fired at precise, pre-determines locations along flight lines. This basic functionality guarantees side and forward overlap.
MEP Return Mid-Exposure Pulse – Pulse return from the camera at the instant of exposure recorded in X-Track.
Other Coordinate Systems Local coordinate systems such as the US State Plane or other specific country coordinate systems are supported with this function.
Sensor Options Specific current and legacy sensors are supported. May include specific interfacing needs or functions specific to a sensor type as well as FMS and Annotation support.
DEM Option Digital Elevation Model; 3D, digital representation of terrain for 3D flight planning and execution.
Airspace Depiction (US Airspace Only) FAA airspace data updated monthly on our website and downloadable through our software to allow planning within controlled airspace. Displays the data for planning and/or flight.
ATC Option Provides specific maps to be sent to ATC to allow them to coordinate with the Pilot during acquisition within their airspace.
3rd Party External GPS Support Allows users to plug in an external GPS with NMEA output capabilities.
Mount Control Freeze, unfreeze and Wind Correction Angle for stabilized mounts during flight. Requires a source of drift.
Preconfigured Microsoft Surface Tablet Surface Tablet preconfigured with XTrack Software
FMC for Phase-One Cameras (IXA) Forward motion compensation control from within the NexTrack 2 system.
IMU Support Some additional IMU software support available, model dependant
SnapSHOT Mobile (optional) Wireless Mobile device support for pilot or secondary operator display.
WMS – World Mapping System Option Web Map Service is a standard protocol for sharing georeferenced map images over the internet.

 

 

Other Flight Management Systems:

NANOTrack

 
 

NanoTrack

The Lead’Air NanoTrack is a mid-level, yet highly capable flight management system, serving a broad spectrum of sensor platforms, from large-format, analog frame cameras to off-the-shelf small and medium format digital cameras (Nikon, Canon, Phase One, etc.)

NanoTrack provides superior functionality in a small form factor, along with developer options for sensor and feature upgrades.

The system accurately fires the camera at pre-computed positions and is capable of reading an electronic pulse back from the camera and providing a Mid Exposure Pulse (MEP) to an external source. This precise time tagging allows accurate georeferencing of the actual photo position by a GPS or IMU. The hardware includes the NanoTrack camera interface, a GPS receiver and all required cables.
 

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. A general description of each module is below:


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

 
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

 
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
 

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
 

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
 

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).
     

NANOTRACK Specifications

The Nanotrack interface includes its own GPS receiver.

Specifications

  • USB 2.0 device can be connected to any USB 2.0 or 3.0 laptop or tablet
     
  • Integrated, single frequency 12 channel Garmin 18 GPS
     
  • Included GPS antenna to be installed on the glare shield or outside.
     
  • Operating altitude 25,000 feet + (laptop must have SSD above 14,000 feet)
     
  • Operating temperature 0° to 60° Celsius (32° to 140° Fahrenheit)
     
  • Dimensions 10 x 5 x 3 centimeters (4 x 2 x 1.25 inches)
     
  • Weight max 200g (7 oz.)
     
  • Relative triggering accuracy estimated to 1 meter (3 feet) at 120 knots (depends on GPS signal quality)
     
  • Minimum triggering interval between photos, 0.3 second (depending on camera)
     
  • Fully guaranteed for 1 year (no repair, exchange only)
     
  • Free software upgrade and support for 1 year.
     

Delivery

  • NanoTrack USB 2.0 camera interface
     
  • Camera cable custom built for most cameras
     
  • GPS antenna –Single frequency, navigation grade
     
  • MEP Cable
     
  • Computer Interface Cable
     
  • Software for planning: snapXYZ and snapPLAN, snapVIEW
     
  • Software for flight management: snapshot
     
  • Software for checking and reporting: snapBASE and snapPLOT
DESCRIPTION OF FEATURES
NexTrack 2
NanoTrack PLUS
NanoTrack PicoTrack SofTrack
GPS Included Garmin 18 – 5hz Navigation Grade GPS and Antenna
Internet Planning Support Google Earth KML or BING-maps TML files can be imported into and exported from our program. Imagery can also be captured and saved for planning.
WGS 84 Coordinate System World Geodetic System (WGS) 84 coordinate system avilable for planning.
Precision Camera Firing Camera is automatically fired at precise, pre-determines locations along flight lines. This basic functionality guarantees side and forward overlap.
MEP Return Mid-Exposure Pulse – Pulse return from the camera at the instant of exposure recorded in X-Track.
Other Coordinate Systems Local coordinate systems such as the US State Plane or other specific country coordinate systems are supported with this function.
Sensor Options Specific current and legacy sensors are supported. May include specific interfacing needs or functions specific to a sensor type as well as FMS and Annotation support.
DEM Option Digital Elevation Model; 3D, digital representation of terrain for 3D flight planning and execution.
Airspace Depiction (US Airspace Only) FAA airspace data updated monthly on our website and downloadable through our software to allow planning within controlled airspace. Displays the data for planning and/or flight.
ATC Option Provides specific maps to be sent to ATC to allow them to coordinate with the Pilot during acquisition within their airspace.
3rd Party External GPS Support Allows users to plug in an external GPS with NMEA output capabilities.
Mount Control Freeze, unfreeze and Wind Correction Angle for stabilized mounts during flight. Requires a source of drift.
Preconfigured Microsoft Surface Tablet Surface Tablet preconfigured with XTrack Software
FMC for Phase-One Cameras (IXA) Forward motion compensation control from within the NexTrack 2 system.
IMU Support Some additional IMU software support available, model dependant
SnapSHOT Mobile (optional) Wireless Mobile device support for pilot or secondary operator display.
WMS – World Mapping System Option Web Map Service is a standard protocol for sharing georeferenced map images over the internet.

 

 

Other Flight Management Systems:

PICOTrack

 
 

PICOTrack

The PICOTrack is a combination of software and hardware that provides basic equipment and software for those on a tight budget. Maybe you are a startup company or just struggling with the economy, but you still need to fly projects and more than ever, fly them efficiently. The PICOTrack allows you to create an airborne project, from flight planning through acquisition to final archiving of the data.

PICOTrack

The X-Track software includes a complete Suite of Planning, Reporting and acquisition software specially designed and developed over the last 20 years to provide a practical, secure method for planning a project and firing nearly any camera.

The Track’Air PICOTrack System consists of the PICOTrack Interface box and USB cable for your laptop, a Garmin 18 navigation grade antenna and cable, and the custom cable created for your particular sensor. These items, in combination with the complete Track’Air Tracker 32 Software Suite create a powerful, compact and inexpensive Flight Management System for entrepreneurs on a tight budget.

 

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. A general description of each module is below:


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

 
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

 
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
 

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
 

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
 

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).
     

PICOTRACK Specifications

The PICOTrack interface includes its own GPS receiver.

 
Specifications
 

  • USB 2.0 device can be connected to any USB 2.0 or 3.0 laptop or tablet
     
  • Integrated, single frequency 12 channel Garmin 18 GPS
     
  • Included GPS antenna to be installed on the glare shield or outside.
     
  • Operating altitude 25,000 feet + (laptop must have SSD above 14,000 feet)
     
  • Operating temperature 0° to 60° Celsius (32° to 140° Fahrenheit)
     
  • Dimensions 10 x 5 x 3 centimeters (4 x 2 x 1.25 inches)
     
  • Weight max 200g (7 oz.)
     
  • Relative triggering accuracy estimated to 1 meter (3 feet) at 120 knots (depends on GPS signal quality)
     
  • Minimum triggering interval between photos, 0.3 second (depending on camera)
     
  • Fully guaranteed for 1 year (no repair, exchange only)
     
  • Free software upgrade and support for 1 year.
     

Delivery
 

  • PICOTrack USB 2.0 camera interface
     
  • Camera cable custom built for most cameras
     
  • GPS antenna –Single frequency, navigation grade
     
  • MEP Cable
     
  • Computer Interface Cable
     
  • Software for planning: snapXYZ and snapPLAN, snapVIEW
     
  • Software for flight management: snapshot
     
  • Software for checking and reporting: snapBASE and snapPLOT
     

PicoTrack is for Small and medium format sensors only. Large-format sensors not supported.

DESCRIPTION OF FEATURES
NexTrack 2
NanoTrack PLUS
NanoTrack PicoTrack SofTrack
GPS Included Garmin 18 – 5hz Navigation Grade GPS and Antenna
Internet Planning Support Google Earth KML or BING-maps TML files can be imported into and exported from our program. Imagery can also be captured and saved for planning.
WGS 84 Coordinate System World Geodetic System (WGS) 84 coordinate system avilable for planning.
Precision Camera Firing Camera is automatically fired at precise, pre-determines locations along flight lines. This basic functionality guarantees side and forward overlap.
MEP Return Mid-Exposure Pulse – Pulse return from the camera at the instant of exposure recorded in X-Track.
Other Coordinate Systems Local coordinate systems such as the US State Plane or other specific country coordinate systems are supported with this function.
Sensor Options Specific current and legacy sensors are supported. May include specific interfacing needs or functions specific to a sensor type as well as FMS and Annotation support.
DEM Option Digital Elevation Model; 3D, digital representation of terrain for 3D flight planning and execution.
Airspace Depiction (US Airspace Only) FAA airspace data updated monthly on our website and downloadable through our software to allow planning within controlled airspace. Displays the data for planning and/or flight.
ATC Option Provides specific maps to be sent to ATC to allow them to coordinate with the Pilot during acquisition within their airspace.
3rd Party External GPS Support Allows users to plug in an external GPS with NMEA output capabilities.
Mount Control Freeze, unfreeze and Wind Correction Angle for stabilized mounts during flight. Requires a source of drift.
Preconfigured Microsoft Surface Tablet Surface Tablet preconfigured with XTrack Software
FMC for Phase-One Cameras (IXA) Forward motion compensation control from within the NexTrack 2 system.
IMU Support Some additional IMU software support available, model dependant
SnapSHOT Mobile (optional) Wireless Mobile device support for pilot or secondary operator display.
WMS – World Mapping System Option Web Map Service is a standard protocol for sharing georeferenced map images over the internet.

 

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