Precision agriculture and environmental research can expect a significant boost in accuracy, efficiency and cost-effectiveness with Wingtra’s new MicaSense RedEdge Panchromatic (RE-P) payload. Capturing with the same five bands as the time-tested RedEdge-MX, the RE-P introduces a panchromatic sensor for enhanced resolution, life-like detail and empowering RGB output possibilities. Specifically, RE-P’s pan-sharpened resolution is double that of the MX, with a three-times faster capture rate, meaning you can fly lower to improve the resolution even more.
These orchard outputs display the difference between multispectral data captured with and without a panchromatic sensor and pansharpening. Image courtesy MicaSense.
What is panchromatic imagery, and how does it work?
Multispectral images involve precise narrow bands of light captured by each pixel. Since the bands are so narrow, the available light across a pixel is dimmer. So enlarging the pixel size is the way to let in enough light for images to turn out. But the larger the pixel, the poorer the spatial resolution. Adding one more sensor to capture monochrome brings in the possibility of grayscale data capture at a higher spatial resolution. Pansharpening is the fusion of that greyscale, higher resolution imagery with the multispectral. Panchromatic imagery, as a result, offers spectral insights with sharper edges that are not only more accurate, but also more photorealistic.
The RE-P offers pansharpened output resolutions of 2 cm (0.8 in) flying at 60 m (197 ft). This is twice the ground resolution of RedEdge-MX. These previously unattainable multispectral resolutions are thanks to both the 5.1 MP panchromatic sensor and the faster image capture rate—three frames per second. You can also extract useful digital elevation models, just like you would with a 24 MP RGB sensor. And there’s no need to switch up your software.
Explore analytics possible with the WingtraOne GEN II and the RE-P payload
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“The great thing about the RE-P is its cost-effectiveness,” Mackern said. “It’s really like two cameras for the price of one, and you don’t need to do anything out of the ordinary to process a range of useful outputs. You get the payload and are ready to tackle a wide range of projects.”
The WingtraOne GENII RE-P payload will begin shipping June 1, 2022, and promises to take results and field efficiency to the next level for environmental monitoring, research and investigation as well as agriculture.
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