Currently, new UAS platforms and sensors are released at an impressive pace. Especially small, lightweight cameras and easy-to-use, out-of-the-box UAS platforms are among the key innovations. Our 3DR Solo quadcopters are part of these new generation platforms and have proven great reliability. They also carry two exciting new sensors: the Parrot Sequoia multispectral camera and the FLIR Vue™ Pro R thermal camera.
The Parrot Sequoia has the size and weight similar to a GoPro but comes with four spectral cameras (green, red, red-edge, and NIR), an RGB camera, GPS/IMU, and an irradiance sensor. The FLIR Vue™ Pro R has a handy live view feature and saves calibrated temperature data with each image pixel. Both sensors are promising tools for our vegetation studies. The images shown were aquired during a UAV Workshop in Fowler’s Gap (NSW).
Our latest addition on platforms, the DJI Matrice, is designed for carrying heavier sensor payloads up to 6kg. It will carry our more complex sensor systems such as the LiDAR, the hyperspectral push broom scanner, and the highly sensitive spectroradiometer. The Matrice’s maiden flight went well.