Aerial Imagery

Purchase the best commercially available aerial photography that provides a higher level of detail than satellite images, almost complete absence of clouds, and is very cost effective in many cases. Aerial imagery and maps from L3Harris Geospatial are regularly updated, with access to historical imagery as well, making it perfect for individuals, small businesses, farms, construction, real estate, and more. The resolution and accuracy from aerial imagery make it a great asset to any project requiring natural color or even IR imagery.

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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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L3Harris Geospatial Aerial Survey Capabilities


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  Aerial Mapping Services Sell Sheet


L3Harris Geospatial is proud to be a distributor of the Hexagon Imagery Program (HxIP) data. HxIP is a high-quality, accurate and professional imagery dataset. The imagery within the program is 4-band (RGBN) ortho with 30cm (1 foot) resolution for the Wide Area Coverage and within the United States, 15cm (6 inch) for the Urban Area Coverage (defined as >50,000 population). The program also encompasses set specification and accuracy standards, metadata and a planned refresh schedule. All data within this dataset will be captured using the latest in Hexagon sensor technologies.

Hexagon Imagery 6 inch
Hexagon Imagery 1 inch

See the difference in quality between 6” (left) and 1’ imagery (right). Hexagon imagery from 2016 in LA County, CA.



Resolution: 15-30 cm
Band: Natural color, 4-band
Projection: UTM, Lat/Long, State Plane
Datum: NAD 27, 83, WGS 84
Dates: 2014 - present

Coverage Map


Hexagon 30cm - 14.1 MB

Hexagon 15 cm - 21.5 MB

Aerial Imagery Services

L3Harris Geospatial offers fully integrated aerial digital topographic mapping services with the ability to take on any project on the North American Continent. With a fleet of distributed aircraft equipped with the newest digital mapping cameras, airborne GPS, and inertial measurement systems, and our staff of experienced photogrammetrists, imaging specialists, programmers, and technicians, we are uniquely qualified to deliver on critical projects — on-time and on-budget.

Photogrammetrist making measurements using aerial mapping.


Topographic map creation


Photogrammetry is the science of making measurements and mapping from digital or hardcopy photographs. Aerial photogrammetry enables the accurate mapping of 3D coordinates on the ground, using 2D coordinates measured on stereo aerial photographs that see the same points on the ground from two or more different perspectives.

Photogrammetry is typically used to create topographic maps which depict the three-dimensional shape and features of the ground onto a two-dimensional surface, and can also be used to produce contour line maps or Digital Terrain Models (DTMs), map corrected aerial imagery, and planimetric feature maps.

Advantages offered by aerial photogrammetry include:

  • Extremely high spatial accuracy achieved using calibrated metric cameras. The precise focal length, principal point coordinates, and various forms of lens distortion are carefully calibrated so that systematic distortions can be accounted for and corrected.
  • High resolution aerial maps and imagery allows users to realistically see the landscape from above and be used to resolve disputes that might occur from other technologies. Panchromatic, natural color or color infrared aerial photographs can be acquired from metric film cameras, or multispectral digital imagery can be acquired from digital metric cameras.

Flight Planning

From working with aerial companies to produce the most efficient collection flight path, to choosing the appropriate aerial sensor for the task, a dedicated project lead will work with you to define the scope of work and ensure the success of the entire project.

We will ensure the correct flight path is taken in order to produce the most efficient collection possible.
We will ensure the correct flight path is taken in order to produce the most efficient collection possible.

Ground Control Layout Design

The key to a successful aerial survey is being able to accurately reference the captured aerial imagery to ground control points.

GCPs must be clearly visible in the aerial image data, and we design the layout and placement of control points within the project area so we can ensure that the best coverage and horizontal and vertical accuracy requirements are met. Control is collected for most aerial projects unless otherwise specified.

captured aerial images reference points