Saturday, March 18, 2017
Now that John has his official Unmanned Aerial Vehicle license, (UAV), we upgraded our drone. We found a buyer for our original one. It was a compilation of components we acquired a couple winters ago. We had a DJI Phantom 2, with a gimbal and GoPro Hero 3 attached underneath. We added a dedicated monitor (called a First-Person View or FPV) attached to the control pad. It worked nicely and captured some terrific video and still pictures for us. We used our Phantom 2 to make videos and take in-crop still photographs for crop quality analysis. Our new drone is a DJI Phantom 4 Pro. This new system with its built-in 4K camera will take even sharper video and pictures. And the camera can be controlled from the ground, rather than only on the GoPro.
Our source for this new UAV was Aerial Media Pros, out of California. They serve not only agriculture, but also many other industries including folks in the movie business! We will likely test out a way to stitch together images from an outfit called “Drone Deploy” this summer. Perhaps in the future, we will acquire a NDVI camera that can evaluate crop health.
We are looking forward to putting this thing into service this spring/summer.