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Historic Aerial Photos

Digital Data Services, Inc. offers millions of high-resolution, historic aerial photographs for the entire United States dating back to the late 1930’s. Historic photography is ideal for environmental engineering, ownership boundary determination, and legal presentations. Utilizing proprietary research tools, our knowledgeable staff will find the best photograph, scale and resolution that best fits your current needs. DDS, Inc. can provide either hard-copy prints or digital files of the photographs, and can also provide the additional service of georeferencing the imagery.

 

Submitting a Historic Aerial Photo Request

 

The easiest way to submit an aerial photo request would be through the DDS DataFinderTM application, which is located in the "Get a Quote" tab. Please note that we are searching against millions of records, so specific photo years are helpful along with a brief description of what you are trying to review from the imagery or the intended use. You may also provide us with latitude/longitude coordinates, GIS files, or an address with a buffer (e.g., 1 mile radius from the centerpoint), and we will research availability and scales.

 

 

Aerial Photography and Satellite Imagery 

Aerial Photography

High Resolution Color Aerial Photography- Aerial photographs for the continental United States (typically urban areas) that range from 2003-present day. These photographs are usually one foot to 6 inch resolution (one pixel on the image represents one foot or 6 inches on the ground).

Natural Color Aerial Photography- Aerial photographs for the continental United States that range from 2005-present day. Typically these photographs are within one to two meter resolution (one pixel on the image represents one or two meters on the ground).

Historic Aerial Photography- Digital Data Services, Inc. offers millions of high-resolution, historic aerial photographs for the entire United States dating back to the late 1930’s.


Satellite Imagery

WorldView-1- Launched on September 18, 2007 from Vandenberg Air Force Base,the satellite collects imagery with a panchromatic only (black and white) camera at 50 cm maximum resolution. It was the most powerful commercial satellite when launched.

WorldView-2- Launched on October 8, 2009, the satellite collects imagery with a panchromatic sensor at 50 cm maximum resolution and a multispectral sensor of 2m.

WorldView-3- The WorldView-3 satellite successfully launched on August 13, 2014. WorldView-3 provides 31 cm panchromatic resolution, 1.24 m multispectral resolution, 3.7 m short wave infrared resolution and 30 m CAVIS resolution. WorldView-3 is the world’s first super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite; SWIR bands penetrate haze, fog, smog, dust and smoke and the spectral diversity enables new imagery applications. With an average revisit time of <1 day, WV3 is capable of collecting up to 680,000 km2 per day.

Quickbird- Launched on October 18, 2001, the satellite collects imagery with a panchromatic camera at 60 cm resolution and a multispectral camera with a 2.4 m resolution.

GeoEye-1- The GeoEye-1 satellite is equipped with the most advanced technology ever used in a commercial remote sensing system. The satellite collects images at 0.41-meter panchromatic (black & white) and 1.65-meter multispectral resolution. Imagery from both sensors on the IKONOS satellite can be merged to create 50 centimeter color imagery (pan-sharpened).

IKONOS Satellite- GeoEye first made history with the IKONOS satellite launch almost ten years ago. Imagery from both sensors on the IKONOS satellite can be merged to create 1-meter color imagery (pan-sharpened).

 

 

Aerial Photography

High Resolution Color Aerial Photography- Aerial photographs for the continental United States (typically urban areas) that range from 2003-present day. These photographs are usually one foot to 6 inch resolution (one pixel on the image represents one foot or 6 inches on the ground).

 

Natural Color Aerial Photography (NCAP)- Aerial photographs for the continental United States that range from 2005-present day. Typically these photographs are within one to two meter resolution (one pixel on the image represents one or two meters on the ground).

 

Historic Aerial Photography- Digital Data Services, Inc. offers millions of high-resolution, historic aerial photographs for the entire United States dating back to the late 1930’s.

 

 

 

Satellite Imagery

WorldView-1- Launched on September 18, 2007 from Vandenberg Air Force Base,the satellite collects imagery with a panchromatic only (black and white) camera at 50 cm maximum resolution. It was the most powerful commercial satellite when launched.

 

WorldView-2- Launched on October 8, 2009, the satellite collects imagery with a panchromatic sensor at 50 cm maximum resolution and a multispectral sensor of 2m.

 

WorldView-3- The WorldView-3 satellite successfully launched on August 13, 2014. WorldView-3 provides 31 cm panchromatic resolution, 1.24 m multispectral resolution, 3.7 m short wave infrared resolution and 30 m CAVIS resolution. WorldView-3 is the world’s first super-spectral, high-resolution commercial satellite; SWIR bands penetrate haze, fog, smog, dust and smoke and the spectral diversity enables new imagery applications. With an average revisit time of <1 day, WV3 is capable of collecting up to 680,000 km2 per day.

 

GeoEye-1- The GeoEye-1 satellite is equipped with the most advanced technology ever used in a commercial remote sensing system. The satellite collects images at 0.41-meter panchromatic (black & white) and 1.65-meter multispectral resolution. Imagery from both sensors on the IKONOS satellite can be merged to create 50 centimeter color imagery (pan-sharpened).

 

Quickbird- Launched on October 18, 2001, the satellite collects imagery with a panchromatic camera at 60 cm resolution and a multispectral camera with a 2.4 m resolution.

 

IKONOS Satellite- GeoEye first made history with the IKONOS satellite launch almost ten years ago. Imagery from both sensors on the IKONOS satellite can be merged to create 1-meter color imagery (pan-sharpened).

 

Natural Color Aerial Photography

Digital Data Services, Inc.’s Natural Color Aerial Photography products are recent aerial images for the continental United States that range from 2005-present day. Typically these photographs are within one to two meter resolution (one pixel on the image represents one or two meters on the ground). The products are available in custom areas (user defined areas) and as a county-wide mosaic. For custom areas, you may specify any projection, datum, units, and file format. For county mosaics, the data is delivered as Mr.SID files in the UTM, NAD 83, Native Zone, meters.