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An Orthomosaic image is similar to Google Earth, but with significantly higher resolution and provides much more detail and data.  With a drone based high resolution Orthomosaic image, and the same with Google Earth, resolution is described in terms of Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) which is the ground distance in between each pixel on the image. For comparison, Google Earth provides a GSD around 65cm/pixel (roughly 2-feet per pixel). A drone sourced Orthomosaic image can achieve a much higher resolution GSD of 1cm/pixel and lower if needed.   

High precision GSD capability powered by our drone's real-time kinematics (RTK) geo-correction technology produces centimeter level precision, without survey markers or ground control points, that you can use for performing precision measurements, volumetric calculations, and documenting construction progress or property updates.


Orthomosaic images are highly accurate due to they are adjusted for topographic relief, lens distortion, and camera tilt.  After stitching together the imaging to create an orthomosaic image, accurate distance measurements can be taken directly off the image because it renders a true representation of the surface.


Midwest Sky Labs leverages Realtime Kinemetics (RTK) technology to deliver our precision mapping services.  This technology allows us to rapidly created aerial mapping and land surveys providing topographic data as well as high-resolution aerial photography for a variety of applications. Large areas can be surveyed up to 50 times faster than traditional methods and accurate down to 1 cm resolution


Midwest Sky Labs provides UAV thermal imaging services including real-time high-resolution images and videos using the latest technology available from FLIR. Thermal cameras attached as payloads on drones provide a much safer and more powerful data collection method than traditional methods to capture thermographic images and data to proactively identify problems for a multiple of applications including:

  • Finding air leakage, heat loss, and missing or damaged insulation in construction

  • Critical infrastructure inspections including high voltage lines and solar cell collectors to detect abnormal heating of equipment

  • Roof inspections to locate wet insulation areas

  • Agriculture applications to manage ecology and plant health in both urban and rural settings

  • Wildlife studies to collect population data

  • Search and rescue

Thermal imaging works by using a thermal camera that detects infrared light (or heat) invisible to the human that objects emit as infrared radiation.  Drones equipped with thermal cameras are able to collect thermal data from vantages and perspectives not available normally with tradition thermal imaging collection methods. 


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