Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Trimble, a technology company focused on applications requiring position or location, has added the Trimble UX5 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to its agriculture product portfolio for aerial imaging and mapping.
According to the company, the UAS can capture aerial images for scouting and monitoring crop health. Trimble adds that the system can locate cattle and their available forage over large areas, measure crop height, and generate topographic maps and models for land leveling and drainage applications.
The Trimble UX5, the company says, flies at 80 kilometers per hour and is stable in significant crosswinds and light rain. The UAS comes with a camera modified to capture the near-infrared spectrum, which helps in deducing vegetation indexes for crop health assessment.
Trimble notes that the output of a single flight provides geo-referenced precision images, a digital surface model showing elevations as a color image, and a dense 3D point cloud that includes elevations.
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