senseFly, a provider of fixed-wing drone solutions, and MicaSense, a producer of drone sensors for agriculture, have announced a new dual solution for crop analysis, the senseFly eBee X with MicaSense RedEdge-MX.
The RedEdge-MX multispectral sensor captures red, green, blue, near-infrared and red-edge spectral bands. Data can be used to generate true color composites, basic crop health indexes and identification of weeds or flowers.
Launched last year by senseFly, the eBee X drone is designed to boost the quality, efficiency and safety of commercial drone operators’ data collection. Its features include an endurance extension option, which unlocks a flight time with RedEdge-MX of up to 75 minutes (versus a maximum endurance of 59 minutes by default) for single-flight coverage of up to 540 acres.
“We know from agricultural customers such as agronomists, crop consultants and researchers that deep, high-resolution crop data is key to effective analysis and decision-making,” says Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly. “In parallel, when assessing large field areas, or simply looking to map smaller fields or plots quickly, small, slower quadcopter drones often don’t cut it. The eBee X with RedEdge-MX checks both these data and efficiency boxes, making it an ideal crop analysis solution.”
“This seamless, integrated professional drone offering represents an obvious upgrade path for many agricultural professionals,” adds Eric Waters, general manager of MicaSense. “Customers who already use MicaSense’s RedEdge-MX, for example, now have a quicker, more efficient way to analyze the health of their crops, without having to compromise on data quality. At the same time, existing eBee X operators can access the deeper, higher-resolution insights that the RedEdge-MX brings.”
The senseFly eBee X with MicaSense RedEdge-MX – including plug-and-play camera integration kit, Downwelling Light Sensor (DLS2), and Calibrated Reflectance Panel – is available for purchase via senseFly distribution partners. It is priced at $19,800, excluding shipping and importation taxes.