In time for the growing season in the northern hemisphere, Wingtra announces the release of its new payload: MicaSense Altum. Especially useful for agricultural and closely monitoring water stress, this payload allows you to capture high-resolution multispectral (down to 3.4 cm or 1.3 in/px) and thermal (down to 54 cm or 21 in/px) imagery. Combining this payload with WingtraOne’s broad coverage capabilities, agronomists can now experience the highest accuracy multispectral data and a per-flight drone coverage range that aligns with their needs.
“The demand for synchronization of thermal and multispectral data is what drove us to develop the Altum,” said Drew Baustian, Business Development Manager at MicaSense. “Historically, if you wanted to analyze multispectral and thermal data together, it would require a lot of work aligning and comparing the two datasets. Altum allows users to see things like biomass and chlorophyll variability and species differentiation through the multispectral and at the same time get a better understanding of irrigation or drainage issues, or possibly plant canopy respiration, through the thermal.”
Agronomists around the world have begun to use drone-captured aerial imagery to assess plant stress and irrigation. This data is proving more detailed, reliable and accurate than satellite data. Specifically, a drone’s ability to fly beneath cloud cover means higher resolution for farmers capturing data in seasons that feature overcast weather or tropical regions where cloud cover is a daily reality.
For those with multispectral drone data experience, Altum’s resolution means that they can fly higher and cover even more area per flight while gathering high-quality data. Alternatively, they can fly lower, cover slightly less and achieve the maximum resolution to target finer details that enhance their ability to document crop variation and design more precise application plans.
Combining this with WingtraOne’s VTOL fixed-wing design means farmers can take off from confined and rough terrain, which is typical in agricultural settings. Once WingtraOne is in the air, they enjoy a hands-free approach as the drone autonomously transitions into cruise mode; captures broad-coverage, high-quality multispectral data, and returns to loiter above the launch point before it transitions to hover and lands with control.
Altum is available now for pre-order and will ship in May. Contact our sales team to get a quote.