Minneapolis-based Sentera has released the 2019 PHX fixed-wing drone, which includes updates delivering what the company says are customers’ most-requested features.
PHX has been equipped with a longer-range high-speed datalink, an omnidirectional antenna system and a higher-capacity battery. Further, imaging and scouting large areas are easier and faster. In the air, the PHX supplies live HD video, still images and live analytics, all using the newest variants of the Sentera Double 4K sensor payload. PHX sensors for high-resolution survey and mapping and thermal products are fully supported, as well.
“We listened, and for 2019, Sentera is delivering the updates that most benefit our PHX users. Our focus is on user productivity, cost-per-acre and operational simplicity,” states Todd Colten, chief aerospace engineer at Sentera. “PHX is already known as a phenomenally efficient, rugged platform. These changes widen the gap, with extended range, endurance and faster time-to-launch.”
The 2019 PHX fixed-wing drone is available for order now. A complete PHX Ag scouting system starts at $8,499.
2019 PHX updates include as follows:
- Extended Range: Even with a small omnidirectional antenna, PHX operates at ranges of up to two miles with live HD video and even further in telemetry-only modes. No antenna-aiming is required.
- Faster Setup: A three-times smaller, lightweight ground communications box and simplified pre-flight checklist enable users to go from setup to launch even faster.
- Expanded Payload Options: The 2019 PHX accepts the newest versions of Sentera Double 4K sensors, allowing users to capture more crop health data and gain deeper insights. Centimeter-accurate RTK GPS is available for all PHX Double 4K-based sensor payloads.
- Immediate, Precise Analytics: Custom payload options allow users to perform stand count, weed detection and plant health analytics. Sentera’s FieldAgent data analytics software allows PHX users to create accurate maps and make decisions at the field edge without an internet connection.