As you might know, multispectral imaging is an excellent way to reveal details which are not visible by a naked eye and to collect precise data of terrain surface or environmental status. Nevertheless, these cameras are usually heavy, expensive and unwieldy. That´s why they has been sometimes difficult to use as a part of Unmanned Aerial Systems. Anyway, the great news on this field is that the Draganflyer Innovations now provides the Tetracam ADC Micro camera as a payload for their drones. This Tetracam is highly sensitive to vegetion, which makes it a real deal for crop monitoring, like precise agriculture or environmental health supervising.
Draganflyer Innovations is undoubtedly well known as a leading company in UAS industry. They recently partnered with data acquisition company like Pix4D, so they new partnership with Tetracam means an another big step on a field of aerial mapping, precision agriculture or 3D surface making applications. Using the multispectral imaging technology provides to the farmers, agriculture assistants, insurance firms or environmentalists to measure, supervise and take care of their crops or large and difficultly accesible areas. This up to date Tetracam payload system is mounted by two-axis stabilized gimbal and you will certainly appreciate also a wireless data download link. The camera is delivered with PixelWrench2 processing software, which includes programs for image editing and easy editing and producing of multi-spectral images. So, as you can see, they are realy thinking ahead regarding the UAV imaging applications.
As we previously mentioned above, combination of multi-spectral imaging technology with handy and smart Draganﬂy copters provide a convenient means for farmers, agriculturalists, geographers or insurance inspectors. For example, in case of some natural disaster is sometimes very hard to prove and check the actual damage of buildings and pay out the injured persons or provide them a humanitarian aid. Anyway, the potential of the combination of multispectral imaging and UAS is certainly much bigger and wider. The essential key of the drone development lies in a user experience. From my point of view, there are certainly another fields of human activity, where can be aerial multispectral imaging very useful. They maybe has not been discovered yet, but it depends on the experts, companies or universities, which are not afraid of experimenting with some new technologies.