Primary Data Acquisition Devices (PDAD) Division

The Primary Data Acquisition Devices (PDAD) Division concentrates on the data collection instruments used from airborne and spaceborne platforms.

In its beginnings, PDAD focused on aerial film cameras and their calibration to ensure that high-quality aerial-derived maps and related products could be made of the highest quality and accuracy. In the last two decades PDAD has broadened its scope to include digital airborne imaging systems, multi- and hyper-spectral systems, lidar, radar and more, both airborne and spaceborne. PDAD Division works to identify and help write needed standards involving data instrumentation, collection, and processing. PAD Also works jointly with other divisions, notably the ASPRS Lidar division and UAS Division in areas of mutual interest and concern.

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New Satellite Reference Work

Inspired by the “Bill Stoney" list that was on the ASPRS website for many years, the USGS recently put out a comprehensive list of land remote sensing satellites.  You can download a copy here:

https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/cir1455

2019-2020 Officers:

PDAD Director
Jon Christopherson
Email:  directorpdad@asprs.org

PDAD Deputy Director
Chris Ogier
Email: directorpdadasst@asprs.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Division is to provide a forum for information sharing and understanding of airborne and spaceborne primary data collection devices, their proper operation, and how the data from these instruments and sensors are calibrated, processed and, ultimately, applied.

The PDAD Division works to encourage awareness and proper employment of these data collection devices so that the products they generate may enhance geospatial knowledge and understanding.

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