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USGS Digital Aerial Type Certification

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) digital aerial sensor type certification team reviews digital camera systems to verify the systems meet the claims of the manufacturer and are capable of providing quality, consistent image data to support civil government mapping and ortho-photography product development.

The certification process includes presenting and providing the appropriate information to address the certification requirements as defined in the USGS Quality Assurance of Digital Aerial Imagery plan and the USGS Sensor Type Certification Procedure.

This certification is valid for any system matching the system type evaluated by the USGS during the site inspection. Any design changes that change the effective output of the system require additional evaluation and re-certification if necessary.

The following sensor systems have successfully completed the USGS Sensor Type Certification Process:


DSS 322 DSS 422 and 439
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Certification Certification


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Cover Letter

Microsoft Vexcel

Ultra Cam D UltraCam X UltraCam Xp and XpWA
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Certification Certification Certification
USGS Certification Report on Ultra Cam D through XP/XP-WA
UltraCam Lp
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USGS Certification Report on UltraCam LP

M7 Visual Intelligence

IRIS One 50
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Certification Report


Cover Letter
Certification Report


Geoscanner Build III
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Certification Report

Disclaimer: The plans and documentation contained within this web page represent a prior USGS vision for digital aerial imagery quality assurance. Based on redirection from USGS Headquarters to better serve the remote sensing industry/community, new planning documents will be released that reflect the path forward for the USGS in the digital aerial image quality assurance area.  Also, the supporting technical documents will be updated to reflect the released plans. Some will be modified very little, while others will undergo a significant change. The USGS appreciates your patience during this time of transition.

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