Researchers at the U.S. Army's Geospatial Research Laboratory in Virginia have developed a highly efficient photogrammetric method that can turn aerial imagery into accurate three-dimensional (3D) surface maps in near-real time without any human oversight.
The Army’s 101st Airborne Division tested the system by flying a drone over Fort Campbell in Kentucky. The system was able to map a mock city used for training exercises. "Whether it's for soldiers or farmers, this tech delivers usable terrain and intelligence products fast," said Quinton King, a manager at TechLink, the Defense Department's commercial tech transfer organization.
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