The only aerial camera calibration facility in North America is going to be modernized this summer. The work is the result of an agreement between the U.S. Geological Survey (operator of the lab) and the National Security Administration.
The Optical Science Laboratory certifies and characterizes metric-quality aerial mapping cameras for public agencies and the private sector. The modernization of the OSL will focus on upgrading and replacing the light sources and electrical wiring in the 50-year-old system.
The retrofit of the lab is one of several recommendations that was made by an independent panel and the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing as part of a review focusing on existing requirements for aerial mapping camera calibration and the future technical needs and direction of the OSL.
More information: Optical Sciences Laboratory (OSL)
source: U.S.G.S. press release