NexTrack 2
NANOTrack

 
 

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.

 

 

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