Geosan Purchases First Microsoft UltraCamXp Wide Angle Camera in Mongolia

Graz, Austria — April 14, 2011 — Geosan LLC has contracted with Vexcel Imaging GmbH, a Microsoft® company, to purchase an UltraCamXp Wide Angle digital aerial photogrammetric camera system. With this purchase, Geosan becomes the first commercial provider of photogrammetric services in Mongolia to own a digital aerial camera.

”Geosan thoroughly researched our options before selecting the UltraCamXp Wide Angle as our first digital aerial camera,” stated Altantsetseg Purevsuren, Photogrammetric Specialist at Geosan. “We were impressed with the camera’s efficient collection capabilities over large areas, which are complementary to the strengths of our Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft.”

The mining sector in Mongolia has been a primary driver of economic growth over the past few years, and demand for all kinds of mapping is on the rise. Geosan provides aerial mapping services for infrastructure development, urban planning, cadastral and topographic mapping, environmental assessment, mining and environmental monitoring, and disaster management. Customers include the Government of Mongolia, international environmental groups, and companies running mining and exploration operations in Mongolia.

“Microsoft is very happy to enter the Mongolian market at this time,” said Alexander Wiechert, Microsoft Business Director for Vexcel Imaging GmbH. “Geosan recognizes the need for increased mapping capacity within the country, and the UltraCamXp Wide Angle is an excellent choice for high-volume data collection.”

About the UltraCamXp Wide Angle
The image format of the UltraCamXp Wide Angle is identical to that of the UltraCamX at 196 megapixels, or 17,310 across track and 11,310 along track panchromatic pixels; however, the shorter focal length allows flying at lower altitudes to achieve the same ground sample distance (GSD). The pixel size is 6 µm, and geometric accuracy is better than +/- 2 µm. Post-processing can be started on board and completed on the ground with a laptop or group of PCs for faster turnaround. The Wide Angle model also is fully compatible with the storage (DXp) and computing (CXp) systems of the UltraCamX and UltraCamXp, and is fully supported by the UltraMap workflow software system.

About Vexcel Imaging, GmbH
Acquired by Microsoft Corporation in May 2006, Vexcel Imaging GmbH brings more than two decades of photogrammetry expertise to Microsoft’s Bing Maps business unit and is at the heart of the burgeoning Microsoft photogrammetry business. The company’s offerings include the UltraCam series of photogrammetric digital aerial cameras and related software tools such as the UltraMap workflow software.

About Geosan LLC
Founded in 1996 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Geosan provides a wide range of ground and airborne geophysical services, primarily to the mineral and energy exploration industry. In 2007, Airborne Magnetic and Radiometric surveys were added to its services with the purchase of its first aircraft. Upon the acquisition of a second aircraft and the UltraCamXp Wide Angle camera system in 2011, Geosan is the first commercial digital aerial data collector in Mongolia. For more information, visit the website at or contact G. Ikhbayar, General Director at Geosan, at