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 /