Models

Below are presented some of the most popular models of fixed wing drones with high quality:

eBee SQ – SenseFly

This agricultural drone capture actionable crop data across four multispectral bands, plus RGB imagery, spanning hundreds of acres in a single flight.

https://www.sensefly.com/drones/ebee-sq.html
https://www.sensefly.com/drones/ebee-sq.html

The eBee SQ‘s precise, calibrated multispectral imagery provides reliable insights into the real health of your crops. The eBee SQ is built around Parrot’s ground-breaking Sequoia camera. This fully-integrated and highly precise multispectral sensor captures data across four non-visible bands, plus visible RGB imagery—in just one flight

The eBee SQ can cover hundreds of acres in a single flight for extremely efficient crop monitoring and analysis. This means:

  • Larger coverage
  • Fewer flight
  • Less time collecting data
  • More time acting on it

The eBee SQ includes their proprietary eMotion Ag flight planning and ground station software, making the process of creating a flight plan really simple. Is compatible with your existing FMIS, ag machinery and workflow. You can process your data using any popular software of your choice such as Pix4Dmapper Ag/Prosoftware, MicaSense ATLAS or AIRINOV to create vegetation index maps

 This equipment can cost: $12,000+

See this video to understand better what this drone can do:

See the brochure: https://www.sensefly.com/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/brochures/eBee-SQ-en.pdf

The Lancaster 5

http://www.precisionhawk.com/media/topic/lancaster-5/

The Lancaster 5 is fully autonomous and easy to use. Throw it like a paper airplane to launch and it automatically optimizes its flight plan to collect data in the most efficient way. After completing the mission, it lands itself. With smart flight controls, the drone adjusts to various payloads and unpredictable environmental conditions to get the data you need

The Lancaster 5 is equipped with plug-n-play sensors that can be swapped in the field without configuration. The sensor package includes LIDAR and Hyperspectral imaging along with the standard thermal/visual/multispectral and it can be spec-ed out depending on your needs

http://www.precisionhawk.com/lancaster

The Lancaster 5 is part of PrecisionHawk’s complete aerial information platform:

Mapping and analysis software

  • Works with any drone providing accurate 2D and 3D maps of the flight location
  • Stitches individual photos together to create geo-referenced mosaics
  • Search survey data with filters, visualize, edit and share data with clients or colleagues.
  • Cloud-based and desktop subscriptions available

Flight Planning Software

  • Create flight plans for the Lancaster 5 by importing areas of interest you already have defined in shape files. Flight Planner will generate a new flight plan for each shape it finds in your shape file. Simply set the resolution at which you’d like to capture imagery and you’re ready to fly

Uav Tracking & Monitoring Software

  • PrecisionFlight enables you to have access to real time information about your Lancaster 5’s location, flight path, altitude, and battery health to ensure it’s performing perfectly on every flight

This equipment can cost: $25,000+

You can see more information here: http://www.precisionhawk.com/media/topic/lancaster-5/

There are many other fixed wing drones like:

·      Sentera Phoenix 2 UAV – see more information here: https://sentera.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Phoenix2_Lit4019G_Sentera-WEB.pdf

·      Trimble UX5 – see more information here: http://uas.trimble.com/ux5

Now, see some of the most popular multi-rotor drones:

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To get started you need to choose if you want a fixed wing or multi-rotor agriculture drone

  • The difference between a fixed wing and a multi-rotor agriculture drone

  • Multi-rotor drone

Multi-rotor drones are the most popular and are a better choice for close-in scouting, spotting, and detailed lifting tasks because they can be static in the air and take pictures and film fixed points or smaller areas.

These drones use the same principle of helicopter flying. Through mobile wings that have high rotations per minute allows the drone to fly. This type of drone is easier to control. Because they fly at a lower altitude and are slower, they can capture images with greater precision and resolution.

The multi-rotor drones have been widely used for film production, aerial photos and are the models used by the public for entertainment. The most modern batteries have an autonomy of 20 to 30 minutes.

However, multi-rotor drones also have a number of limitations. This type of drones has much less flight coverage than fixed-wing drones. The multi-rotor is not suitable for monitoring large areas because they can not travel long distances, due in particular to reduced autonomy, reduced speed, and resistance.

http://www.expandore.com/Multirotor/MULTIROTOR-index.htm
Fixed wing drone

Fixed-wing drones are a better choice when you want to cover large areas. This type of drones has a delta wing that creates the support for flight. They are more efficient due to the fact that they only need the energy to propel them forward and not to keep them in the air.

These drones can cover up to 10 times more area than a typical multi-rotor drone can cover on a single flight. However, due to the higher speed, the image taken may not have much quality.

One of the great advantages of fixed wing drones is that they have a high autonomy, with models that can remain in operation for up to 16 hours.

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Type Advantages Disadvantages
 

Multi-rotor drone

Easy to use Short flights
Static flight Low autonomy
Capture high-quality images
 

Fixed wing drone

Long flights Highest cost
Great autonomy Requires some training
Large coverage area

Fixed wing drones are more expensive, typically cost $5,000 to $25,000 or more, after being fitted with sensors.

Multi-rotor drones are generally cheaper than fixed wings, starting at around $1,500-$10,000 for a professional-grade camera drone packaged with multi-spectral cameras and software for agriculture image processing.

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