Aussie company patents high speed, high altitude image stabilisation tech

AUSTRALIAN geospatial imaging R&D firm Spookfish has filed
a patent application centered around image stabilisation technology.

The new patent’s stabilisation technology would allow high
resolution imagery to be captured at high speeds and at extreme altitudes,
claims Spookfish. A camera system attached to a high sped aircraft flying at
extreme altitudes, for example, would be able to capture sub-5cm pixel imagery.

This would allow Spookfish to come a step closer to its aim of enabling
rapid imaging of entire countries in high resolution from a multitude of angles
at a fraction of the cost of contemporary systems.

The advanced technology overcomes blurring associated with
high-speed aircraft

capturing small pixels where the aircraft and camera system
motion causes ‘smearing’

of the imagery across a large number of pixels during each
exposure.

The first generation Spookfish system is expected to be
operational in early 2016, while the stabilisation technology in this patent will
be key to a second generation system due for commercial release in 2017.