Bluesky Upgrades its Great Britain Flying Programme to Highest Ever Resolution


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Leicestershire, UK, 02 July 2020 – Aerial mapping company Bluesky International has announced new plans to photomap the whole of Great Britain at 12.5 centimetre resolution – its highest level of detail for nationwide coverage to date.


Bluesky has already captured the whole of England at 12.5cm resolution and will now also be upgrading its Wales and Scotland coverage to the higher resolution as part of its ongoing 3 year national update programme.


Bluesky is already the first, and only, commercial organisation to successfully capture and maintain complete aerial photographic coverage of England, Scotland and Wales as well as the Republic of Ireland.


“Advances in capture technology and processing systems mean that it is now viable to make this improvement in resolution across the whole of Great Britain and not just in selected areas. This allows us to deliver even better national products and services to the geospatial community,” commented Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing Director of Bluesky International.


“In simple terms the resolution of imagery determines what you can see and identify within the digital dataset, in other words the level of detail,” added Tidmarsh. “So, within a 12.5 cm resolution image each individual pixel relates to 12.5 centimetres in the real world. This means that features such as road markings, street furniture, vegetation and property infrastructure are all visible and easily identifiable opening up even more applications for the data.”


Headquartered in rural Leicestershire, close to its East Midlands Airport flying base, Bluesky International is the leading independent aerial survey and geographic data company in the UK. With national contracts with government and commercial organisations Bluesky already maintains seamless digital aerial photography on a countrywide scale, at a variety of resolutions, together with simultaneously captured Colour Infrared (CIR) imagery.


3D models of the earth’s bare surface (Digital Terrain Model / DTM) and surface features such as buildings and trees (Digital Surface Model / DSM) are also created from the aerial photography by Bluesky’s skilled and experienced team. Bluesky has also developed a range of derived products including the innovative National Tree Map and 3D Building Models.


Once upgraded and processed all data captured by Bluesky as part of this new commitment with be available to view and download from its online Mapshop (



Laura Eddy – Marketing Co-ordinator, Bluesky, +44 (0) 1530 518518,

Robert Peel – Editorial Contact, Spatially Aware, +44 (0) 1666 823306,




Bluesky International is the leading aerial survey and geographic data company in the UK producing and maintaining seamless digital aerial photography and height data on a national scale in both Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. Bluesky also undertakes bespoke surveys, including LiDAR, for a range of public and private sector clients.


Bluesky International operates a range of aircraft and sensors including three Ultracam Eagle Mark 3s, a CityMapper which allows the simultaneous collection of vertical and oblique imagery as well as LiDAR data, and a Galaxy LiDAR which is mounted with a thermal sensor and survey grade camera. These systems put Bluesky International in the enviable position of being able to provide customers with unique and cost-effective geospatial solutions.


As well as being an established and respected aerial survey company Bluesky International is also highly innovative and continually strives to develop new products and services by embracing new technology and methods. This has resulted in the development of some unique products such as the National Tree Map (NTM).


These datasets underpin long term contracts with local and central governments and many major blue-chip companies from a range of market sectors including financial services, utilities, telecoms, web portals, construction and environment. Bluesky International has offices in the UK, US, Republic of Ireland and a dedicated production centre in India.  

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