senseFly has released a new fixed-wing UAV for agriculture, the eBee SQ. Built around the ground-breaking Sequoia sensor, this cutting-edge platform offers precise multispectral data and RGB images in a single flight, and all at a lower price point than the eBee.
It also features a larger wingspan than previous eBees, allowing it to cover significantly more ground per flight (up to 10X greater than small quadcopters).
There has been an exciting new release from the manufacturer of the popular eBee. The senseFly albris (previously eXom) is a new, sensor packed, intelligent, multirotor drone. It has a number of unique features that set it apart from other multirotors and make it ideal for inspection work, thermal applications, video capture and surveying applications.
The albris features a 38MP still camera that can also be used to collect HD video. A Thermal image can also be turned on, recorded and overlayed during flight. There is also a headlamp to assist in video capture, and a flash for photography.
To ensure safe use, the albris has 5 wide angle VGA navcams that point in different directions and collect video for situational awareness. These are coupled with sonar sensors that detect objects in close proximity and can be used to hold a fixed difference of objects while recording inspection data.
With a takeoff weight of just 1.8kg and a flight time of 22 minutes it is industry leading in light weight technology. senseFly believe that being lightweight is the key to portability, long flight times, ease of use and especially safety.
Powered by Pix4D technology, the included Postflight Terra 3D office software allows users to create orthomosaics, thermal maps, DEMs and 3D Models amongst other things. This new version of Terra 3D has many new features, but most importantly the orthomosaics and DEMs have been substantially improved, particularly around buildings and trees.
The senseFly eBee RTK offers surveying and engineering professionals a highly accurate and flexible mapping solution that works alongside your existing base stations. The eBee RTK has a fully integrated workflow, with flight planning and control software supplied. eMotion connects to the base station and broadcasts correction data to the eBee RTK – no additional third-party software is required.
Weighing only 0.73kg the eBee RTK comes in a compact carry-on sized case containing all of the components you need to take to the skies. Set up is quick and easy and launching is even easier – simply attach its wings and shake it three times to start its motor then throw it into the air. The artificial intelligence built into the senseFly autopilot continuously analyses data from the Inertial Measurement Unit and the onboard GPS to control every aspect of its flight, even landing.
Collecting data with the eBee RTK is easy too, with RGB, NIR, RE camera options and the flexibility to use it in one of three ways.
Place your base station on a known position and enter the base station’s coordinates and characteristics into eMotion for it to stream correction data to the eBee via the ground modem.
Place your base station in a convenient location and let eMotion calculate your base’s approximate position. You can correct the position in post-processing to achieve a high level of absolute accuracy.
Or use a virtual reference station by configuring your drone’s eMotion software to receive VRS/NTRIP correction data.
Use Postflight Terra 3D professional photogrammetry software, also supplied with your eBee RTK, to process your flight’s photos into geo-referenced 2D orthomosaics, 3D point clouds, triangle models and Digital Elevation Models (DEMs), in just a few clicks. With the eBee RTK’s GSD of down to 1.5 cm, relative orthomosaic/3D model accuracy of 1-3x GSD, and absolute horizontal/vertical accuracy of down to 3/5 cm (without GCPs), you can have full confidence in the accuracy of the outputs you produce. Once you have created your orthomosaic and 3D model, it’s time to put this data to work – for example by measuring distances, taking cross-sections, extracting volume data (all within Postflight Terra 3D), or exporting to third-party software to add GIS data or create custom maps.
We’ve spent the last couple of days at Mobile Tech 2014 speaking with leaders in primary industries about the benefits of UAVs and how they can use this technology to grow their business and the entire industry.
Everyone’s been excited to see how easy it is to collect and manage information with a UAV, and what this information means for business productivity and profitability.
Here are some things you can do in agriculture with a UAV at a much lower cost than traditional methods:
Effects of variation of climate on crops
Check out the article published in Position Magazine earlier this year about how one of our customers, Scout Aerial, is using an eBee in the agricultural space with impressive results.
The Sensefly eBee Ag
At Mobile Tech 2014, we’ve been talking to delegates about a UAV solution specifically for agriculture; the eBee Ag from Sensefly, here’s what it’s all about:
Developed specifically for precision agriculture, the eBee Ag collects aerial photography of up to 1,000 ha in a single flight at down to 3cm precision. The complete solution, the eBee Ag includes two advanced software packages, one for flight planning and control and the other for post-flight photogrammetry.