Last month, SOS’s CEO and founder Manan Patel was a speaker at the GeoIntelligence Asia Pacific Forum in Malaysia. Under the theme of Geospatial Enabled Combat, Mr. Patel presented on contextual full-motion video (FMV) in light of the military’s strategic vision to fully maximize data collected by various ISR platforms.  Currently, many FMV assets do not have the ability to visualize vector data with live or recorded FMV.  Recently, SOS launched our GeoFOCIS product, which is a geospatial visualization software and database for adding context to FMV feeds for improved situational awareness. Visit our website to learn more.

SOS will be attending the Air National Guard’s WEPTAC conference on October 17-18 in Tucson, AZ. Come visit us at our partner VT Systems’ Suite 125 from 5-10pm for refreshments and information on VisionMap and Miltope products!

SOS’s technology partner VisionMap, a leading provider of airborne imaging systems, announced that its A3 Edge Digital Mapping System was chosen for a large-scale agricultural project commissioned by North Dakota State University (NDSU).

NDSU, a nationwide authority on precision agriculture, is conducting a summer-long survey of North Dakota’s fertile Red River Valley. Flown on a medium size UAS, VisionMap’s system will survey a 160 square mile area at 4-8 cm GSD repeatedly over the course of four months. Imagery of the farmland will be used for agricultural testing, disease detection, and harvest estimation. A3 Edge was chosen as the most efficient and cost-effective solution for collecting such large amounts of data compared to satellite and other imaging systems.

A3 Edge captures up to 1,000 sq.km per hour of high resolution imagery for agriculture and land management applications from an altitude of 4,000 ft. AGL. The system provides high resolution (4cm GSD) near-infrared (NIR) imagery in combination with natural color imagery. The native resolution of the camera’s NIR imagery is identical to the resolution of the natural color imagery, with no pan-sharpening applied. This high level of resolution will make the small plants visible, even at the start of the season.

According to John Nowatzki, Agricultural Specialist at NDSU, “Whereas a satellite might capture your field once every few weeks, VisionMap’s system provides dependable and up-to-date data. The camera’s ability to ‘sweep’ back and forth to collect more imagery more quickly is very advantageous. In the end, the more information you have, the better a job you can do in managing.”

VisionMap’s LightSpeed ground processing system, processes up to 250,000 frames in one photogrammetric block, producing high-end RGB, NIR, CIR and 4-band products in a fast, fully-automatic workflow. The system’s fast turnaround time enables frequent update cycles, and facilitates precise comparison over time.

One of the most important end-products for agriculturalists at NDSU is LightSpeed’s Dense Digital Surface Model (DSM), which indicates potential issues with surface water retention. The DSM, which is obtained from the same initial flight, has a density of up to 400 points per square meter. A DSM created mid-season can also serve as an accurate predictor of crop harvest yield, and can help manage fertilizer input.

“VisionMap systems are designed to be at the forefront of technology; to bring innovation to our customers’ industries and evolving needs,” said VisionMap CEO Dror Zerem. Their ability to fly on manned or unmanned aircraft leverages VisionMap systems’ unique capabilities for a variety of projects. Integration on a UAV enables the system to fly longer, capture more area, and maximize productivity.

In addition to agricultural imaging, A3 Edge is widely used for mapping, oblique and 3D modeling projects around the world.

SOS has been awarded a prime contract on the SeaPort-Enhanced (SeaPort-e) Multiple Award Contract (MAC), in all seven zones. SeaPort-e, the Navy’s electronic platform for acquiring support services, consists of 22 functional areas to support the Navy and Marine Corps in the execution of their overall organizational functions and the specific missions of the individual activities and ordering offices. Authorized ordering offices include: Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Strategic Systems Programs, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Office of Naval Research, and United States Marine Corps. SOS and team members, Leidos, Inc. and Blue Mantle Technology, Inc., bring a wide range of technical, programmatic, and engineering capabilities to support Navy task orders released under the MAC. For more information, please visit our SeaPort-e webpage.

Founded in 2008, SOS provides technical and engineering solutions for airborne, ground, and maritime systems. We specialize in end-to-end integration, complex network design/implementation, remote sensing, and flight test solutions.

SOS is proud to announce that we are now the exclusive U.S. partner of VisionMap digital airborne imaging systems. VisionMap, based in Tel Aviv, is one of the leading manufacturers of digital automatic airborne imaging systems. Their product suite includes color and thermal cameras, for both manned and unmanned aircraft, that provide unmatched capture and professing efficiency, as well as the largest footprint on the market.

With their proprietary imaging technology, VisionMap cameras can simultaneously collect vertical and oblique imagery of an area and obtain rapid coverage of vast areas in extremely high resolution. VisionMap cameras are used for a variety of applications such as:

  • Aerial Survey & Mapping
  • Pipeline Monitoring
  • Maritime Surveillance
  • Hidden Object Location
  • Jungle Hideout Detection
  • Disaster Management
  • Deforestation Detection
  • Heat-Loss Mapping
  • Forestry & Agriculture
  • Wildlife Detection

VisionMap’s unique “sweeping” mechanism provides a wide field of view, enabling wide flight-line spacing, rapid coverage, and image sizes up to 695Mpx. Coupled with the fully-automatic LightSpeed processing system, VisionMap systems provide final photogrammetric products at sub-pixel accuracy with the highest processing productivity.

To learn more about VisionMap systems, contact our Sales Team or visit our website.

Special Operations Solutions, LLC (SOS), a small disadvantaged business based in Silver Spring, MD, was recently awarded a contract to support Dynamic Aviation Group, Inc. in providing the U.S. Forest Service with an exclusive-use light fixed wing aircraft and services in support of wildland firefighting operations. SOS will be providing and integrating the airborne EO/IR sensor system for fire mapping missions, along with related equipment and services. We will also be providing our custom-developed GeoFOCIS software, a geospatial database providing 3D situational awareness and workflow management.

Founded in 2008, SOS provides technical and engineering solutions for airborne, ground, and maritime systems. We specialize in end-to-end integration, complex network design/implementation, remote sensing, and flight test solutions.

Special Operations Solutions, LLC (SOS), a small disadvantaged business, was recently awarded two contracts with Solar Ship, Inc. in support of an experimental hybrid aircraft.

SOS will be designing and developing the pressure management system for the aircraft, which is a critical primary flight structure and includes the cockpit user control interface, control unit, and automated pressure management system. SOS is responsible for designing, developing, and installing the system, including providing all hardware, software, and related equipment.

SOS will also be designing and developing a flight test data acquisition system and flight data recorder for monitoring and analyzing the aircraft and its subsystems. The data acquisition system provides real-time aircraft and mission equipment data to support aircraft flight testing, while the flight data recorder is used for continuing operation of the aircraft. SOS will provide all hardware, software, integration, and installation. This includes the integration of Wave Relay® data links, a Persistent Systems product.

Founded in 2008, SOS provides technical and engineering solutions for airborne, ground, and maritime systems. We specialize in end-to-end integration, complex network design/implementation, remote sensing, and flight test solutions.

Special Operations Solutions, LLC (SOS), a minority-owned small business, has been awarded a prime contract with the Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide the wing life monitoring system for the NOAA WP-3D Hurricane Hunter aircraft.

The NOAA Hurricane Hunters are part of the Aircraft Operations Center (AOC), a branch of the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO).  AOC aircraft fly across the United States and worldwide, providing airborne platforms essential to gathering environmental and geographic data for scientific research. The Hurricane Hunters fly over everything from oceans and wetlands to mountains and Arctic ice—even into the eyes of hurricanes—to support NOAA’s mission of understanding and better predicting environmental changes.

Under this contract, SOS will provide hardware, software, and engineering services to enable real-time aircraft and sensor data to support NOAA in the improvement of safety, operating efficiency, and training initiatives.