Agricultural UAVs

Commercial use of drones in farms and other agriculture

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Looking for NDVI sample data from plantations for research project

Started by Philipp. Last reply by WILSON DUARTE yesterday. 7 Replies

Hi all,I'm geoscientist and drone pilot, but have recently started to improve my GIS and remote sensing skills by attending some advanced GIS courses. One of the courses requires me to complete a…Continue

Honeycomb Drones for sale

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For sale 2 honeycomb drones, for more info go to ,one new,one factory refurbished they are complete ready to fly with surface pro 3…Continue

NDVI NGB Modified Camera Configuration

Started by Benjamin Meltzer. Last reply by Dennison Mar 31. 6 Replies

Good morning everyoneWe have recently purchased a NGB converted camera (NIR, G and B channels) with the goal of observing different vegetation indices (DVI, NDVI, SAVI, etc) from UAV-captured images.…Continue

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For Sale - Micasense RedEdge 3, Flir Tau 2, DroneExpert 3 in 1 Gimbal

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Selling the following because company is offloading stock. All prices are in AUD and all items are being shipped from Australia. These items have been used once and are in brand new condition. Will…Continue

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Comment by James on March 19, 2013 at 3:29pm

Unbelievable!! LanMark, i was about to sent you pm, about your great app!! iam using MAXMAX cams both for my research and job, but i had never seen any app from max max like this..

This is what iam working on

Comment by LanMark on March 19, 2013 at 3:23pm

I have been working with some great researchers at KSU on doing aerial vegetation stress analysis using modified cameras that capture the near infrared band.. I posted a couple pics of my processing system in my pics under my profile.  There are huge possibilities in just remote sensing in agriculture.. where the NDVI analysis could be huge.

Here is an example of the sorts of data we are processing.. you can see where the crop was burned and how some of the vegetation is already starting to grow in here in March.

Just the tip of the ice burg.   I am trying to find more people in this area of expertise to understand the needs, and how to fill those needs with commercial products and services.

Currently they use satellites and piloted crafts to do this and its not very accurate.. especially the satellites that have to pierce through the entire atmosphere all of which results in less accurate data... not to mention they don't fly overhead all that often and are expensive to get data from... especially compared to your own UAV.


Comment by Troy Reabe on March 19, 2013 at 2:01pm

I think the field of avation needs alot of advancments before a drone can be able to start to replace crop dusters like the Thrush or AirTractor. There are helicopter drones but the have a very low coverage rate per hour. Also Helicopters are expensive to run per hour.

For our spraying service during the high time of the year for us there is not enugh time in the day to do the work that needs to get done and we are able to do around 200 acres per hour with a plane provided we have a short ferry time. A helicopter like the Bell 47 can't even do half that.

We are also carrying 500 Gallons a load. so this would be a big drone or you would need a nurce truck on sight.That has its own problems of a portable chemical containment system for mixing and loading the drone.

Comment by Joshua Ott on March 19, 2013 at 1:03pm

Fair point, Chris. I guess the design details will always be different between flying and driving.

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on March 19, 2013 at 12:55pm

There's a good Google Group on this subject, too. You can join it here

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on March 19, 2013 at 12:54pm

Joshua, to avoid mission creep, I think agricultural ground vehicles should have their own user group. 

Comment by Joshua Ott on March 19, 2013 at 12:45pm

Chris, what do you think about expanding the title by eliminating the "A"?

Robot ground vehicles will huge in agriculture operations.


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