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Following the advice of UK and Scottish Governments, NCAP has now returned to limited operations in our offices.

We are now able to process orders for not-yet-digitised aerial imagery, to revised delivery timescales.

Essential Maintenance

HES is currently undertaking essential maintenance on our web services. This will limit access to services in the following ways:

- Subscription access for HES online services will be unavailable (Scran, NCAP)

- Image purchasing options will be limited (Canmore, Britain from Above, Scran, NCAP)

- Any enhanced services which require a log in will be unavailable (My Canmore, Britain from Above contributions, Scran contribute)


General access to these services will all continue. Enquiries will still be able to be submitted.

We anticipate services to be restored from Monday 1st February 2021.




Brazil aerial images released

Aerial photographs of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in 1930 are now accessible on the NCAP website. The images were taken by the Aircraft Operating Company (AOC) during a mapping survey of Brazil. The company offices remained active during the Revolution of 1930, which ousted the Old Republic and led to the Vargas Dictatorship. 
Several of the images record a military parade in Rio de Janeiro during the Revolution. Also featured is the art deco statue of Christ the Redeemer, overlooking Rio de Janeiro. The statue, designed by Paul Landowski, stands 30 metres tall. Construction began in 1922 and was completed in October 1931. 
This collection of images was discovered in the former home of Claude Wavell.  Chief Surveyor for the AOC throughout their air surveys of Brazil, Wavell served at the Allied Central Interpretation Unit (ACIU), RAF Medmenham, during the Second World War. From 1941, he led the interpretation of reconnaissance photographs of radar installations and wireless transmitters.


23 October 2018