C-ASTRAL Ltd., a provider of small unmanned systems, has launched an integrated software/hardware solution for agriculture, forestry and land management in partnership with SINERGISE, a geographic information system (GIS) software solutions company.
C-ASTRAL says its integrated system is based on the electric-powered, nine-pound MTOW BRAMOR gEO mkIV unmanned system, which is capable of two-hour endurance with dual, visible light (25 Mp) and multispectral (3.2 Mp) sensors on board and a seamless acquisition and processing chain. The company adds that its integrated system offers remote sensing and surveying capability that is applicable to agricultural, forestry, classical surveying and land management tasks.
According to C-ASTRAL, the BRAMOR gEO mkIV was developed around the legacy advanced BRAMOR gEO mkII blended wing body systems that are operated by surveying, security, and research and development entities.
The company notes that the BRAMOR gEO mkIV system is capable of data acquisition and extraction of NDVI, SAVI, canopy segmentation and NIR/Green ratios, and is formatted for all major commercial image registration, DTM and GIS mapping software packages due to its flexible hardware and software architecture.
The hardware package consists of a 25 Mp sensor with a 19 mm or 30 mm lens and a 3.2 Mp CMOS sensor in red, green and near-infrared bands, approximating TM2, TM3 and TM4, and the C-ASTRAL high-precision image acquisition and data logging system, C-ASTRAL reports.
C-ASTRAL says the complete system comprises a ground control station that includes a guidance system and the C-ASTRAL gEOPILOT mission planning suite, which enables arbitrary mission geometry planning for surveying of roads, rivers and riverbeds, and following of terrain elevation features and airborne sensor fixed-wing vehicles.
The airborne system is completely in-flight reprogrammable and offers an advanced fail-safe architecture and options that include integrated ADS-B transponder and situational awareness video feeds, the company notes. In addition, the two-hour endurance can be optionally extended to three hours with classical power storage solutions and engine optimization.
In partnership with SINERGISE, C-ASTRAL says it is providing a solutions package of location-based applications that are vertically integrated and networked. Based on GIS libraries Giselle, the framework for efficient spatial and attribute data management and editing that resides in the cloud offers a solution for agricultural and land management that is capable of being integrated with accounting and ERP systems.
C-ASTRAL adds that precision farming is supported with a set of tools to produce application maps that consider various sets of inputs from ground- and air-based sensors, such as soil map analysis, agronomical information, nutrient maps, yield maps, and other layered live and historical remote sensing data.
The SINERGISE/C-ASTRAL solution is completely scalable, according to C-ASTRAL.
Separately, C-ASTRAL has also unveiled the imagery intelligence gathering unmanned aerial system (UAS) platform, the BRAMOR C4EYE, which is aimed at the security, civil protection and NGO environmental protection markets.
The company reports that the C4EYE – which features a three-hour endurance and up to 30 km completely scalable and adaptable digital or analogue video links covering a range of radio spectra – is based on the C-ASTRAL legacy EO and EOi systems and uses an adaptable sensor architecture that includes stabilized video gimbals carrying electro-optical and IR sensors and a combined EO/IR or SWIR and laser illuminator small and retractable turret.
C-ASTRAL notes that like all of its UAS systems, the C4EYE can be launched safely and in a stabilized manner either with an elastic or pneumatic catapult in temperatures as low as -25 degrees Celsius and lands with a parachute system.
In early 2014, the C4EYE will be test flown at the Oklahoma Training Center for Unmanned Systems as part of the Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety testing program, the company adds