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Sensor Balancing Act for UAVs

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Spectral imaging sensors, lidar, and a thermal or RGB camera are often integrated into one airborne package to best acquire streams of information about the surrounding environment.

CHRIS VAN VEEN, HEADWALL PHOTONICS

Commercial applications such as crop disease detection, environmental monitoring, geological exploration and infrastructure inspection are prime examples of how the confluence of drones and sensing instruments is evolving globally. On-demand data collection, sometimes several times daily, is the key advantage of using drones as host platforms for sensing instruments. In practical terms, a consistent supply of actionable data is available much more affordably than from manned aircraft or satellites. Indeed, the entire data cycle from collection to analysis can be compressed from several days...Read full article

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