At 120 m AGL, the resolution is 4.8 cm/pixel. Flying lower provides higher resolution, flying higher provides lower resolution.
1280 (cross-track) x 1024 (along-track), 4.8 micron pixels, global shutter.
Yes. The sensor does not require any communication interfaces with the aircraft. The only required connection is power.
Yes. The sensor includes 64 GB of onboard storage on a removable SD card. This is enough for ~4 hours of flight time.
The SD card can be removed and inserted into a laptop, tablet, or card reader. The images can be transferred and processed using SlantView.
The sensor is internally triggered and does not require a trigger input. The only required connection is power. The trigger rate can be configured using the SLANTRANGE companion mobile app.
3p Size: 14.6 x 6.9 x 5.7 cm
3p Weight: 350 g
3p Weight: 350 g
Yes. Our sensor and software are tightly coupled to enable the unique capabilities of our system, such as flying at 20% overlap and producing a full suite of maps in a few minutes after completing a flight. However, we provide a variety of export options for both the images and the maps to allow you to use the data in other software tools.
Yes! This is our recommended overlap for an average flight; this is not a “best case” or “ideal conditions” recommendation. Overlap can be increased for very windy conditions but 20% should be sufficient for most flights.
The image processing begins on the sensor itself while still in flight. Final processing time on the ground depends on the area coverage of your data set and the processing power of your computer but a typical 160-acre flight will process in approximately 15 minutes on a mid-grade laptop. This is completely local processing with no internet connection or uploads to the cloud required.
Yes! Sunlight calibration allows you to collect accurate, repeatable data under a variety of lighting conditions. Sunlight calibration also allows you to make comparisons of data sets over time, unlocking the true potential of airborne agricultural imagery. To learn more, listen to our podcast on AgFlyers.
SlantView provides a suite of customized data products to provide accurate, actionable, information to growers, agronomists, and scouts…much more than just aerial images. The current set of data products include high-resolution images and maps of: Stand Counts, Weed Detections, Stress, Canopy Closure, Yield Potential, Red NDVI, Green NDVI, Red Edge NDVI, Color, and User-Defined Smart Detection. We are adding new data products on a regular basis based on feedback from our customers.
The only requirement is 64-bit Windows. As a rule of thumb, we recommend having twice as much RAM as your largest data set; 8 GB should be OK, more is always better.
Both the individual images and the completed maps can be exported as KML (Google Earth), SHP (Shapefile), and GeoTIFF.
Yes. You can process SLANTRANGE imagery directly in DroneDeploy. You can review the DroneDeploy support pages here. Our GeoTIFF exports are also fully compatible with DroneDeploy’s map upload tool. Check out our blog post that provides a step-by-step walkthrough of the simple process. We also offer an app in the DroneDeploy App Market that provides a custom flight planning experience and additional features.
Yes. All of the data products can be exported as a shapefile, which is the most common file format for use with farm management software packages.
Yes, but you’ll need to use SlantView Lite to apply all of the optical and radiometric calibration corrections to the imagery. Once complete, you can use the exported imagery in GeoTIFF format to process the data in any other software package. However, processing in SlantView provides significant advantages, including flying at 20% overlap, rapid offline processing, and access to a unique set of valuable data products.
No, but we may add this functionality in the future.
Our sensors are fully self-contained and are designed to be mounted on almost any drone, both multirotors and fixed wings. The only requirements are 1) physical space for the Vegetation Sensor and Ambient Illumination Sensor, 2) payload capacity to carry the sensor, and 3) input power for the sensor.
No. The Phantom doesn’t have the payload capacity or flight time to be useful with the sensor.
The sensor can accept 9 VDC to 36 VDC and typically draws ~11W. Power can be provided directly from the aircraft or with a dedicated battery.
The sensor is typically hard-mounted and does not require a gimbal. For multirotors, the sensor should be mounted at an angle to compensate for the pitch of the aircraft while in forward flight. We sell a variety of simple mounting kits for the most common drone platforms.
No. The sensor is designed to look straight down (nadir). All of the cameras use global shutters and are thus not sensitive to vibration like rolling shutter cameras. However, you can use a gimbal if you’d like.
Yes. SlantView includes a feature to throw out images collected with roll, pitch, or yaw values beyond a user-selected threshold. This can sometimes lead to gaps in your map but increasing your overlap settings can mitigate this effect. You can also use a gimbal if you’d like. We always recommend flying within the wind limitations of your aircraft.
It depends on what data you are trying to generate. For early-stage stand counts, you typically need higher resolution and may fly lower than normal. For late-season stress maps, you may not need high resolution and can fly higher to achieve larger area coverage. We provide a flight calculator to determine recommended altitude and flight speed based on the characteristics of the crop you’re flying and the data you’d like to generate. Always check your regional regulations for drone flight rules.
It depends on what data you are trying to generate as well as the lighting conditions. Our sensor includes auto-exposure to prevent blurring and will adjust the exposure time based on lighting conditions. Your flight speed also affects the forward overlap of your images. We provide a flight calculator to determine recommended altitude and flight speed based on the characteristics of the crop you’re flying and the data you’d like to generate. Always check your regional regulations for drone flight rules.