Switzerland-based mini-drone manufacturer senseFly has rolled out the eBee Ag, an autonomous aerial imaging drone for precision agriculture applications.
According to senseFly, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has a maximum flight time of 45 minutes and flies, acquires images and lands by itself. The company says operators can select the area they want to map and launch the UAV by throwing it into the air.
The eBee Ag, senseFly reports, is supplied with two software packages: eMotion 2 for flight planning and control and Postflight Terra 3D photogrammetry software for post-flight image processing and analysis.
In addition, the company notes that the lightweight and durable UAV features a range of camera options to suit different applications, from biomass estimation to yield monitoring and leaf area indexing. The aircraft is supplied with a customized Canon S110 NIR; however, customers can also choose a customized S110 RE (red edge) version, S110 RGB or Airinov multiSPEC 4C (offering four distinct bands with no spectral overlap).
‘The detail provided by [the eBee Ag's] customized cameras and its software's index calculations allow customers to analyze crop conditions remotely and in high detail,’ comments senseFly CEO Jean-Christophe Zufferey. ‘This means less time wasted on manual checks and less reliance on low-resolution satellite images or costly airplane shots.’
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