The power of an industrial solution in your hands

With almost 200 remote-sensing spacecrafts already in orbit or planned, more than 200 digital cameras in use and the huge increase of UAV solutions, several thousand terabytes of data need to be processed every year. This increasing demand for earth observation data is forcing industrial production methods.

Pixel Factory Processing

Industrial geo-production system

Aerial Imagery - Arcachon, France

Aerial Imagery - Arcachon, France

Airbus Defence and Space has developed its own industrial geo-production system containing a revolutionary digital processing chain to produce advanced 3D mapping products of unparalleled quality.

Thanks to its high capacity and native open architecture it is capable of automatically process vast volumes of raw earth observation data from multiple sensors and producing a wide range of cartographic end products:

  • Digital Surface Model (DSM)
  • Digital Terrain Model (DTM)
  • TrueOrthoTM
  • Countrywide ortho mosaic

Key Benefits

Processed Aerial Imagery - DSM 1m, Belfort, France

Aerial Imagery Processing - DSM 1m colour, Belfort, France

  • Multi sensor support: processing of any EO-Data sources like airborne images, satellite images, SAR images…
  • Digital data oriented system: focus on digital data processing thus really designed to take benefit of new paradigm introduced by digital cameras (data redundancy, mix data sources …)
  • Industrial production: automated production workflows linked to data processing and reduction of manual editing
  • Ready to use system: bundle software & hardware allowing best through-output
  • Scalable solution: stand-alone system (mobile concept) or connected system (ground station)

Airbus Defence and Space's PIXEL FACTORY can serve a wide range of applications, including:

  • Institutional such as Government and Cartographic Institute for country wide mosaic and production facilities embedded into NSDI
  • Direct Receiving Station for automatic production (orthoimage, mosaic, …) based on data collected every day
  • Mapping and photogrammetric companies for project and reference data production
SPOTMaps, North of Hainan island, China

Satellite Image Mosaic SPOTMaps - North of Hainan Island, China

PIXEL FACTORY™ is unique in that the processing of data both from satellite (optical and radar) and airborne digital cameras is a key feature built into its original core architecture.

  • Its whole framework is designed to give maximum flexibility in every way, even seamlessly interfacing with your existing third party software and tools.
  • Its mass parallel computing power enables you not only to multi-task but also to manage concurrent workflows, with no limitation in terms of volume and size of data.
  • Its centralised production management centre, graphical used interface and remote access make it simple to manage.
  • Its modular structure allows its core software to be easily scalable to meet your future requirements.

New features can be added as and when you need them.

See Also...


PIXEL FACTORY offer should potentially be available within 3 different packaging:

  • Sky Factory for simple aerial orthoimage production
  • Space Factory for automatic satellite production
  • Pixel Factory for mass production including full functionality

Did You Know?

PIXEL FACTORY™ is used daily to produce our 2.5 SPOT mosaic product, SPOTMaps.

PIXEL FACTORY™ enable us to produce up to 2.8 million square kilometre of SPOTMaps every month.