European Facility For Airborne Research

European Facility For Airborne Research Aug. 9, 2020, 19:13

Aircraft operator

Name Institute for Evironmental Solutions
Acronym IES
Country Latvia
Contact JAKOVELS Dainis

Main activities

The core of IES is an international network of scientists, artists, engineers and practitioners who care for environment. We create ad hoc multidisciplinary teams to design and develop customized innovative environmental solutions. We employ modern technologies, reflective practice and multi-stakeholder involvement.

IES has developed a unique state-of-the-art airborne remote sensing technology system named ARSENAL. It was launched in October, 2013.

ARSENAL integrates different mutually operable sensors - three hyperspectral imagers ir spectral range 380-5000nm, broadband UV-A/B and TIR imagers, LiDAR and high resolution RGB camera.

The environmental remote sensing data are collected from a research aircraft BN-2T-4S Defender. The aircraft can fly long distances compared to any twin turboprop in its class, and it operates from short, unprepared runways in all weather conditions during day and night. The aircraft can cover 100km² in one flying hour and has a maximum endurance of around eight hours.


Data processing

We have assembled PC workstation to handle processing of large data. Data output depends on user needs, could be radiance/reflectance for hyperspectral data, DEMs for LiDAR data or thematic maps/classification result that is fusion of different sensor dat


Our flying laboratory and ground facilities are located in the same place - a small airfield near the town of Cesis in Latvia. We are open to visitors and potential new users to demonstrate our infras

Gound infrastructure

Hangars and offices (also meeting room) are located in a small airfield near the town of Cesis in Latvia.

Additional services

Our team includes experts and researchers in the assessment and management of forests, lakes and habitats.

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