How Much Do You Want to Pay for a Drone?

What constitutes a good deal when buying a drone? According to Malek Murison, who writes for dronelife.com, “It depends.”

The most important step is to link purpose to price, he says. That means farmers getting behind the controls for the very first time may have different needs than the seasoned veteran interested in more commercial applications.

Murison divides potential buyers into three basic categories – “just starting out,” “getting serious” and “professional.” Here’s his take on what each category reasonably costs. Continue reading

Agriculture Drone Market to Reach $3.7 Billion by 2024 – Aided by a Favorable Shift in Regulatory Policies

The global agriculture drone market is expected to reach USD 3,770.0 million by 2024. The increasing technological advancements in equipment and for enhancing the quality of the farming techniques have led to the increased implementation of agriculture drones in the market. Continue reading

Sentera Responds to Market Demand Adding TrueNDVI™ to DJI Mavic Drone

Offering growers even more advanced crop scouting solutions

Sentera today announced its ability to convert a DJI Mavic™ drone into a precision scouting tool that collects TrueNDVI™ crop health data. The ultra-lightweight, super-precise Sentera NDVI Single Sensor is integrated onto the pocket-sized Mavic drone, featuring one of DJI’s most sophisticated flying cameras ever. In a single flight, visual-band RGB, near-infrared (NIR) and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data is simultaneously captured, and then interpreted in the field to quickly detect problem areas and respond with action. The small yet powerful Mavic drone with NDVI Upgrade ensures precision while saving time. Continue reading

How drones are helping design the solar power plants of the future

A cottage industry is growing around new technology for solar power developers to design, build and operate solar farms to help compete with fossil fuel power

Kingsley Chen, the drone fleet coordinator at SunPower, demonstrates the use of a drone to survey land for designing a solar power plant. Photograph: Robert Durrell for the Guardian

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AirMap and senseFly partner to advance safety for commercial drones

New partnership delivers robust airspace intelligence and unmanned traffic management solutions to senseFly’s largely autonomous commercial drones

AirMap, the world’s leading airspace management platform for drones, and senseFly, the world’s first choice producer of mapping drones, today announced that they have partnered to deliver AirMap’s airspace services to senseFly’s eBee fixed wing drones and albris quadcopter.

AirMap’s airspace platform services will be directly integrated into senseFly’s eMotion flight and data management software, providing professional operators and their drones with critical information and tools to enable safe missions. Continue reading

senseFly receives first Swiss approval for anytime BVLOS operations

senseFly has become the first drone operator to be granted anytime Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) authorisation in Switzerland.

senseFly has become the first drone operator to be granted anytime Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) authorisation in Switzerland. The country’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) has granted senseFly permission to fly any of its eBee-branded mapping solutions beyond the visual sight of a drone’s operator, using observers, without the need to set-up a flight operation ‘Danger Area’ beforehand.

“This country-wide, anytime BVLOS authorisation is a first for Switzerland and we are delighted to be working closely with FOCA to pioneer this kind of flexible, extended use,” said Jean-Christophe Zufferey, senseFly’s CEO. “While this permission is valid only for senseFly, it opens the door for our Swiss eBee customers to apply for, and enjoy, similarly flexible flight conditions. This will, in turn, allow them to grow their businesses by taking on larger, more complex projects.” Continue reading

Agribotix™ partners with senseFly

Agribotix™ partners with senseFly to offer agricultural clients a professional-grade, end-to-end drone & data processing solution

The eBee SQ agricultural drone powered by Agribotix FarmLens gives users the unique ability to perform the full crop scouting workflow in the field: fly large areas efficiently, capture ground truthing images, make notes, and share detailed information about trouble spots with farmers from the field. FarmLens users gain valuable insights about crop conditions without having to become experts in data processing.

The eBee SQ agricultural drone powered by Agribotix FarmLens gives users the unique ability to perform the full crop scouting workflow in the field: fly large areas efficiently, capture ground truthing images, make notes, and share detailed information about trouble spots with farmers from the field. FarmLens users gain valuable insights about crop conditions without having to become experts in data processing.

By combining the eBee SQ, senseFly’s advanced, long-range agricultural drone with Agribotix’s award-winning FarmLens™ cloud processing platform, the companies have created an easy-to-use solution that is perfectly optimised for the early identification and troubleshooting of crop issues. Continue reading