Long Range MicaSense RedEdge Agronomy Surveys
Q-200 and Q-100 Aircraft Are Put Through Their Paces In Agricultural Survey
This long range agronomy survey was part of a mission in the English countryside. We regularly fly test and demonstration missions across the UK. A multiple airframe survey demonstration flown for Hummingbird Technologies was no exception.
The survey took place over 2 days, with both a Q-200 AGRI MicaSense UAV and a Q-100 DATAhawk MicaSense UAV. Each airframe is equipped with the MicaSense RedEdge multispectral sensor suite, capable of detailed multiband imaging across 5 discrete spectral bands.
The survey site consisted of agricultural research samples and was imaged using both airframes using a 3-person flight team - 1 pilot, 1 commander and 1 spotter/driver for mobile operations.
On day 1 the Q-100 DATAhawk missions were repeated at different altitudes to demonstrate flight performance and MicaSense image quality. The DATAhawk covered 325Ha during a 42 minute flight at 400ft with a 70% overlap.
Day 2 missions were designed to showcase the endurance of both the Q-100 DATAhawk and the similarly RedEdge-equipped Q-200 UAV. The Q-200 required only two flights to cover 730Ha at 400ft with 70% overlap. Parachute landings were performed in each case with a 46 minute flight time (per flight). Mobile ops were used to ensure Line of Sight requirements were adhered to.
Mobile Ops vehicle and crew
Once processed, the imagery from both days' missions will form the basis of high quality NDVI and RedEdge Indices, which will be correlated and compared with agricultural information, such as LAI (Leaf Area Index), crop density and nitrogen uptake.
Clients on-site were very pleased with the endurance and performance of both the Q-200 and the Q-100 DATAhawk, especially when considering the high winds that were present during the surveys days.