Airbus Logo

Defence and Space

Airbus Logo

Defence and Space

Airbus Logo

Defence and Space

Ground Control Points illustration

Airbus Ground Control Points

Get the highest level of precision for your data

GCPs - Highly accurate 3D coordinates

Airbus Ground Control Points are essential for accurate ortho-rectification of aerial, optical satellite imagery and drone data, for precise localisation of ground features and landmark detection.

What is Ground Control Points?

Airbus Ground Control Points represent a specific geolocation of an object on the Earth’s surface, with geolocation accuracies up to 10cm in horizontal (2D) and vertical (3D) directions. These measured objects are mainly infrastructure features such as lightning poles, traffic signs, fences, and other notable elements e.g. on buildings. The corresponding 3D coordinates are automatically calculated based on spaceborne radar imagery The points can be used to link with corresponding elements in optical imagery or with mobile mapping data to improve or validate geo location accuracy of these data sets.

Find the right applications for your market

Ground Control Points video thumbnail

Drive off with Airbus Ground Control Points



Precise orthorectification of input data, supporting map scales of 1:2,500 to 1:10,000


Support mission planning

Oil, Gas and Mining

Localisation of potential exploration sites and pipeline corridors

Civil Engineering

Infrastructure planning

More applications


Build and refresh airport runway database

Automobile Industry

Co-registration and validation of HD maps and mobile mapping data to support autonomous driving

Ground Control Points - Aeronautics
Ground Control Points  OGM
Ground Control Points  Automobile Industry
Key Features
  • Precise orthorectification of optical imagery, elevation models and maps
  • Increasing accuracy of optical imagery and mapping data
  • Supporting sensor data fusion
  • Coverage of large areas (1000km²) per product
  • Homogenise geo-information layers
  • Complementing in-situ measurements
Did you know?

Our unrivalled expertise for over three decades in satellite imagery acquisition, data processing, intelligence extraction, fusion and dissemination allied to significant command and control capabilities enables us to create a comprehensive situational awareness picture and deliver sophisticated end-to-end solutions.

Your advantages with Ground Control Points

Increase spatial data accuracy
Allow precise orthorectification of aerial or satellite imagery
Globally available, avoid in-situ risks

What our customers say

We are amazed with the accuracy of the Airbus GCPs and that we can harmonise them so well with other data sources. Without the GCPs, we would not be able to complete this huge project in the allotted time frame.

Ady Ruchiatan

Managing Director, PT. NARCON


Want to speak with sales?

Our sales team will be happy to provide you more information about this product and how it can meet your business needs.

Contact us satellite image banner background