Recent Announcements

Innovative Imaging and Research and NASA's high speed high dynamic range (HDR) video technology captures Orbital ATK’s SLS rocket motor test firing

posted Aug 14, 2016, 3:35 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 14, 2016, 3:50 PM ]

Innovative Imaging and Research is collaborating with NASA SSC Early Career Investigators to develop High Speed High Dynamic Range imaging technology.  An early version of this technology was used to image Orbital ATK’s Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket motor test firing in the Utah desert.

Our HDR Footage of the test in Utah.

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Innovative Imaging and Research awarded a NOAA Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Project

posted Aug 14, 2016, 3:33 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 14, 2016, 3:34 PM ]

On July 25, 2016 Innovative Imaging and Research was awarded a NOAA Phase II Small Business
Innovative Research Project to develop a new radiometric vicarious calibration approach for the Suomi
NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band’s (DNB) high gain stage (HGS). This research will produce affordable, field-
deployable, NIST-traceable point source lamps that can achieve HGS DNB radiance per pixel with a long-
term, post-correction source stability of better than 1%. This technology will complement traditional,
extended source, radiance-based calibrations, which are based on natural lunar illumination. The new
approach should be applicable to other nighttime imagers and will help calibrate other point sources
observed by VIIRS.

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Innovative Imaging and Research (I2R) awarded a NASA Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Project

posted May 27, 2016, 8:00 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 27, 2016, 9:22 AM ]

On May 17, 2016 Innovative Imaging and Research was notified that they were awarded a NASA Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) project.  The project is titled Color-XHDR - A Compact High-Speed Color Extreme High Dynamic Range Video Capability for Rocket Engine Testing and will begin June 10. 

Innovative Imaging and Research proposes to develop a 21st Century color, high-speed extreme high dynamic range color video recording system that will produce calibrated, engineering-grade video to accurately document rocket motor firings, at close range within a test cell, without image saturation. This novel imaging system will include a compact, single camera/single focal plane array camera and end-to-end image processing software to produce, high quality, low noise, high-speed video not currently possible with today’s technology.

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Innovative Imaging and Research (I2R) receives FAA 333 Exemption for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operation

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:16 PM by Richard Brown   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 11:22 AM ]

Company first in South Mississippi allowed to fly UAVs under 200 ft for commercial purposes with FAA Exemption

Stennis Space Center— January 28, 2016 Innovative Imaging and Research (I2R) announced the company was granted a Section 333 Exemption from the FAA to commercially operate and train others using their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). I2R’s vehicles are outfitted with calibrated camera systems to create ultra-high resolution imagery and GIS mapping products. This Section 333 Exemption was accompanied by a blanket Certificate of Authority (COA) to allow I2R to commercially fly anywhere under 200 feet altitude with only certain restrictions, such as proximity to airports and populated events.


In addition to high quality image products and mosaics, I2R provides capability demonstrations and consultations with potential clients interested in adding high quality UAV imagery to their existing business models. “Initially, I2R will be focusing on developing business related to environmental site monitoring, emergency response, and UAV imaging research,” stated Mary Pagnutti, I2R President and Co-Founder. “There are a number of businesses that can benefit from this capability. For example, we have been working with the Civil Air Patrol to integrate this technology into their search and rescue operations.” Other applications include industrial or construction site mapping, infrastructure inspections and baseline or post-disaster site assessments over inaccessible areas.


In addition to providing services using I2R’s systems, the company also offers technology consulting and training to clients interested in understanding the uses of UAV imaging capability within their own business operation.


I2R continues to enhance the capabilities of their UAVs – by recently adding a second NGB (Near Infrared-Green-Blue) camera to simultaneously capture imagery with their normally flown RGB (Red-Green-Blue) camera. A First Person View (FPV) capability can also provide a live “feed” for monitoring in real time if needed. I2R is also assessing integrating other imaging capabilities, including Lidar, thermal, and hyperspectral into their UAVs.


“We’re seeing a number of local hobbyists combining small UAVs, purchased as Christmas gifts, with very small cameras to generate aerial images,” said Pagnutti.  “In a way, our system follows the same concept, but instead it is designed and operated with scientific rigor using mission planning software, stabilized and calibrated cameras, and advanced post-processing software to provide more accurate, higher quality data. Imagery from our system is ready for use in any GIS tool.”


Founded in 2007, I2R is a small, women owned business with offices in the business incubator managed by the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET) at Stennis Space Center. With primarily a research and development focus, I2R specializes in remote sensing, geospatial, and optics-based products and services to industry and government customers. In addition, they provide engineering services to improve geospatial products such as calibrating instruments and developing custom algorithms to enhance image quality. 


More information on I2R can be found on the MsET website,, under Clients, then Incubator Residents. For additional information on their products, services, consulting, and training, please contact Mary Pagnutti at 228-688-2452 /

I2R Run

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:11 PM by Richard Brown   [ updated Apr 18, 2016, 12:27 PM by Unknown user ]

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