St. Petersburg, Fla. – Quantum Spatial, Inc. (QSI), the nation’s largest independent geospatial data firm, announced today it has donated an early Applanix DSS camera to the future “We All Fly” gallery, scheduled to open at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in 2022. The gallery features the many facets of general aviation and highlights opportunities for casual participation or rewarding careers including aerobatics, humanitarian relief, business aviation, personal flying and unmanned aircraft.
The medium format Applanix DSS camera began the transition from film to digital photogrammetric imagery in the commercial and public sector. The camera was used by Quantum Spatial for many projects across the country including for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for national mapping needs and documenting damage from natural disasters. The donated camera will be housed in the aerial photography subunit of the “We All Fly” gallery.
“The gallery has been carefully planned to help people understand how crucial general aviation is in the day to day life of people,” said Dorothy Cochrane, General Aviation, Aeronautics Department, National Air and Space Museum. “We want this exhibit to excite the public to learn more about aerial platforms or go to airshows and also engage students to consider careers such as aerial photographers, journalists, artists, and fire fighters.”
The Quantum Spatial donated camera will be in the same subunit as the Graflex RB used by Charles and Anne Lindbergh to photograph the Mayan and Puebloan ruins in 1929; the Fairchild K-3B mapping and survey camera from 1922; and the Cine-Kodak 16mm camera used by cinematographer and aerobatic pilot Art Scholl for Hollywood movie filming in the 1970s and 1980s.
“We are really honored to be able to donate this camera so it can help tell the story of the importance of documenting and pinpointing national mapping needs as well as helping public agencies during natural and manmade disasters,” said Mark Meade, Senior Vice President, Quantum Spatial.
About Quantum Spatial, Inc.
Quantum Spatial, Inc., (QSI) the nation’s largest independent geospatial analytics firm, provides geospatial intelligence to government and corporate organizations to mitigate risk, plan for growth, better manage resources and achieve advanced scientific understanding. A pioneer in advanced mapping technology, QSI’s end-to-end solutions deliver data and services of the highest quality and accuracy, leveraging the widest array of technologies in all types of landscapes. Clients use the company’s acquisition, processing, analytics and visualization solutions in a range of technical and scientific disciplines – from geology and biology, to hydrology, forestry and civil engineering. Utilities, oil and gas producers, engineering and construction firms, as well as the military and major government agencies, are QSI customers. QSI has multiple offices around the country. For more information visit quantumspatial.com, join us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter @QuantumSpatial.