Wingtra has announced a new payload compatible with the WingtraOne drone: the MicaSense Altum, a device designed to monitor water stress in agricultural settings.
The MicaSense Altum has been on the market for two years and comes with the backing of customers.
It allows the user to capture high-resolution multispectral and thermal imagery.
Previously it has been combined with multicopters, but the range of the fixed-wing WingtraOne means that a much greater area can be covered in one single flight.
Drew Baustian, business development manager at MicaSense commented: “The demand for synchronization of thermal and multispectral data is what drove us to develop the Altum.
“Historically, if you wanted to analyze multispectral and thermal data together, it would require a lot of work aligning and comparing the two datasets.
“Altum allows users to see things like biomass and chlorophyll variability and species differentiation through the multispectral and at the same time get a better understanding of irrigation or drainage issues, or possibly plant canopy respiration, through the thermal.”
The MicaSense is now available for pre-order with a May release date.