UAV maker Draganfly has developed three new drone camera packages for agricultural research and environmental monitoring missions. The first uses the Corning microHSI hyperspectral sensor installed on either the Draganflyer Commander UAV or the DJI M600 Pro. The sensor can record up to 155 user-selectable light bands, allowing researchers to focus on specific light spectrums. This sensor is currently used in precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, and oil-and-gas.
Draganfly also is offering two new dual-sensor packages. The first of these pairs the 100MP Phase One Industrial iXM-100 still camera with the MicaSense RedEdge-MX multispectral five-band sensor, which simultaneously captures multispectral and high-resolution visual imagery. The package’s payload control system allows for geo-referencing and automatic, simultaneous camera shutter and data logging. This dual payload is available for the DJI M600 Pro. The second dual-sensor package is more value-priced and pairs the Sony 42MP 7R still camera with a MicaSense RedEdge-MX multispectral 5-band sensor. This package also offers simultaneous capture of multispectral and high-resolution visual imagery. All of these new sensor payload packages are integrated with the aircraft’s autopilot, flight control system, and mission planning software.
Draganfly collaborated on the development of these new payload packages with the University of Saskatchewan’s Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IRC), the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Water Futures, and the Government of Canada’s Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food.