• From Data Acquisition,
    to Processing,
    to Analysis.

Satellite Imagery Services

L3Harris Geospatial provides a wide range of high-quality professional and custom satellite mapping services, with end-to-end capability from data acquisition, to data processing, to data analysis. L3Harris has global partnerships with many satellite data suppliers, maintains a vast internal archive of products, and offers several flexible licensing options.

Mapping Services to Meet Your Needs

With decades of experience creating products for government and commercial customers, our experienced staff of imagery scientists and analysts will work with you to meet or exceed a wide range of customized requirements within the desired cost, coverage, schedule, and quality constraints of your project.

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DIGITAL ELEVATION MODELS EXPLAINED

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DEMs, DTMs, and DSMs? How are they created? Which product is right for my application?

TOPOGRAPHIC MAPPING ANYWHERE

PrecisionPass™

RECORDED WEBINAR

Producing high-resolution, high-accuracy Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) and topographic contour data.




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IMAGE PROCESSING

TrueTerrain™ from L3Harris makes the virtual world more realistic

Seamless Mosaics

L3Harris Geospatial experts frequently merge multiple sources of imagery together to provide customized coverage of an area. The resulting product is a seamless, color-balanced, tonally-balanced, georeferenced or orthorectified image file ready for use in any mapping or imaging software.

Pan Sharpening

The high-resolution panchromatic band is merged with the corresponding coarser resolution multispectral bands to create a high resolution color image. Spatial detail of the panchromatic source is retained while preserving radiometric characteristics of the multispectral source.

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Contrast and Color Balancing

There are many environmental factors or atmospheric conditions that can affect the quality of imagery captured via satellite. Haze, fog, glare, and pollution, are examples of conditions which can obscure the imagery between the sensor and the ground. L3Harris Geospatial routinely balances the color bands and tones of satellite imagery to correct for these interferences to create the best of every image band and delivery the clearest and most aesthetically-pleasing imagery.

Orthorectification

Orthorectification corrects terrain displacement in imagery caused by off nadir or “sensor tilt” effects during image capture. This improves the positional accuracy of the imagery and allows users to overlay their current working data with recently acquired satellite imagery for correct alignment.

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Cloud Patching

Satellites orbit well above our atmosphere allowing for the possibility that clouds will appear within the captured imagery. Using multiple overlapping scenes and advanced cutline processing, we can seamlessly patch areas of satellite imagery containing clouds with other cloud-free imagery of the same area, revealing more land surface in the final data.

Multi-resolution Blended Imagery

Multiple sources of varying resolutions can be used to create a custom Multi-resolution dataset over a large area. High-resolution insets of areas of interest are blended to lower resolutions in the surrounding areas, resulting in seamless, large-scale coverage.

TrueTerrain nBand

TrueTerrain™ nBand Orthomosaic products are custom built multiband datasets created using L3Harris’ proprietary technology and constructed from the best available archived or newly acquired imagery from RapidEye, Sentinel-2, or Landsat 7-8 sensors.

  • nBand Orthomosaics from Planetscope sensors have 4 multispectral bands: Blue, Green, Red, NIR
  • nBand Orthomosaics from Sentinel-2 sensors have 4 multispectral bands: Blue, Green, Red, NIR
  • nBand Orthomosaics from RapidEye sensors have 5 multispectral bands: Blue, Green, Red, Red Edge, NIR
  • nBand Orthomosaics from Landsat 7-8 sensors have 6 multispectral bands: Blue, Green, Red, NIR, SWIR1, SWIR2

TrueTerrain Support Data

TrueTerrain products are accompanied by a set of support data files that provide important metadata information about the source data and specific project information.

  • Metadata- XML format, FGDC compliant
  • Cutlines with source data attributes
  • Browse images

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ELEVATION PRODUCTS

Dimension Puts it All in Perspective



Digital Terrain Models

A Digital Terrain Model (DTM) represents the earth’s surface without objects like vegetation and buildings.

  • Highly accurate engineering grade bare Earth DTMs
  • Automated mass point generation and three dimensional breaklines
  • Hydro enforcement and road flattening
  • Highly accurate contours derived from the DTMs
  • High volume scalability

Dense Digital Surface Models

A Digital Surface Model (DSM) represents the Earth’s surface and also includes vegetation and man-made objects.

  • High-resolution DSM at one post per pixel
  • High-fidelity DSM with sharp edges
  • Smooth building and ground surfaces
  • Utilization of multiple sources such as pseudo stereo and true stereo imagery simultaneously
  • Hydro enforcement and road flattening
  • High volume scalability

Transform data into meaningful, contextual information


Digital Terrain Model



Dense Digital Surface Model

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3D MODELS

Realistic Visualizations for Planning and Analysis

3D buildings are extracted from stereo and pseudo stereo data and can range in detail from simple to complex geometries depending on image resolution and customer need.

  • Geospecific textures derived from the imagery can be applied to the buildings where available.
  • Building heights are derived photogrammetrically, resulting in accurate and realistic representations of the structure.
  • Multiple supported industry standard formats available, including OpenFLT, AutoCAD DXF, OBJ, and more

Our precise 3D models depict size, terrain, points of range and sight lines for a variety of uses and industries.

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Feature Extraction



Building Footprints


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Vector Data



Feature Extraction

Vector data correlated to multi-resolution TrueTerrain products. Point, line, and polygon vectors with associated 46 total Vector Layers containing:

  • Hydrography
  • Industry
  • Population
  • Utility
  • High volume scalability

Vector extractions based on VMAP1-2 schema.

Building Footprints

Building Footprints are extracted from imagery and accurately represent the structure’s outline at ground-level.

  • 2D building footprints correlated to multi-resolution TrueTerrain products
  • 2D building footprints are available with optional Z-value as Building Height & Elevation Height (MSL) attributes

Transform data into meaningful, contextual information

Aerodrome Mapping Database [AMDB]

Supplement Surface Navigation for Airport-Related Activities

Correlated Datasets

L3Harris’ AMDBs are accurate and high-quality GIS datasets that can be used to efficiently supplement surface navigation in a wide variety of airport-related activities. AMDBs are compliant with multiple industry standards and are comprised of correlated TrueTerrain imagery, DTM elevation, and vectors that describe the spatial layout of an aerodrome.

  • Real world consistency allows users to familiarize themselves with the aerodrome
  • Can be used in ground-based operations management and on-board aircraft systems
  • Enhances safety and situational awareness

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Detailed Vector Layers

  • AMDB Layers are derived from satellite imagery which has been georeferenced using survey ground control points. Key airport features are digitized from the georeferenced imagery, resulting in location-specific point, line, and polygon vector feature classes.
  • AMDB layers are organized into 5 categories related to their function within the aerodrome: Runways, Taxiways, Aprons, Vertical Structures, and Other Data.
  • Detailed attributes are added to the vector objects using image interpretation, publicly available airport diagrams, and customer provided data. This attribution provides additional information beyond the spatial location, allowing the user to have access to specific details relating to characteristics and function of the aerodrome features.

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Supported Standards & Formats

  • Compliant with ICAO industry standards such as RTCA DO-272 / ED-99
  • Products are updated to current specifications and versions as they become available
  • AMDB Vector layers are provided in shapefile format.
  • Supported layers also available in AIXM and AMXM schemas.

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CLASSIFICATION



Material Classification

Advanced material classification extracted from all multispectral bands available, identifying the two dominant materials as well as the relative abundance of each material, for each pixel in the dataset.

Available at the same pixel resolutions and precisely correlated to our TrueTerrain imagery, the material classification dataset is ideal for creating various sensor views to accompany out-the-window views within the Simulation Image Generator.

Material classification products can be used to create night vision, IR, and radar visual databases, or for mapping high detail, geotypical textures with real-world accuracy.

Land Use/Land Cover

Imagery derived LULC layers represent how much of a region is covered by forest, wetlands, impervious surfaces, agriculture, and other land and water types.

  • 20-Class Correlated Multi-Resolution LULC data available in raster or vector formats
  • Compliant with Multi-Resolution Land Cover Characteristics (MRLC) Consortium defined data layers

Transform data into meaningful, contextual information


Land Use/Land Cover



Material Classification

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