Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
Field investigations from the air with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
We operate a fleet of several UAVs that are equipped with different sensors. UAVs and sensors are modularly combined to meet the needs of various research projects. For most applications we use multirotor platforms with flight times of up to 20 min. due to their ease of use and stability. Equipped with visible and near-infrared sensors we map our study area and can retrieve plant height, vegetation cover and various vegetation indices that give indication about the plants’ status. We are able to map areas of several hectare and the generated products typically have a spatial resolution of centimeters and an absolute spatial accuracy below 10 cm.
For specialized applications we have a heavy lift multirotor UAV that can carry more experimental payloads. Mapping operations of larger areas can be conducted using our larger Fixed Wing system. Our systems are modularly developed and are regularly modified and updated using novel components. For most of our projects we use multispectral MicaSense camera systems in combination with the Matrice 600 Pro drones from DJI and the AltaX drone from FreeFlySystems. The units were integrated by Shoot Dynamics and are currently used within the Excellence Cluster PhenoRob and the INNO Lab Projects.