Delair introduces Delair Ag, and end-to-end drone solution for large-scale surveying and crop mapping.
Delair Ag is built around the Delair UX11 Ag, a new fixed-wing drone optimized for the agriculture industry, and Delair Aerial Intelligence (delair.ai), an aerial intelligence platform. According to the French manufacturer, Delair Ag provides a complete, integrated and easy-to-use workflow to collect, manage, analyze and share agriculture data.
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“Developed for agricultural companies, service providers, and researchers, Delair Ag unlocks the value of drone-based data, whether it is for crop health monitoring, field experimentation analysis, automatic machine guidance, precision ag practices or better crop traceability,” says Delair.
The Delair UX11-Ag fixed-wing drone, designed for BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight) flights, is said to reduce the amount of time and money required to provide detailed surveys of large-scale agriculture operations. With a flight time of up to 55 minutes, the Delair UAV typically covers up to 150 ha (370 ac) per flight (or up to 30 ha/25 ac in 10 minutes) at 150m (400 ft).
Its precise automatic geolocation – PPK as you go – and wide area imaging technology further decrease its operational cost, which, according to Delair, can be as low as € 0,7/ha. In addition, its ease of use should make it faster to set up and deploy, and a so-called “ag-proof’ design lowers maintenance costs.
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Once airborne, real time monitoring and 3G/4G cellular connectivity gives pilots flexibility to adjust flights and camera settings, as well as see and verify results as they are collected to ensure the highest quality images are obtained. “As a result, its ROI is extremely high, enabling the customer to see a payback in as a little as a few flights,” says Delair.
The Delair UX11-Ag features the MicaSense RedEdge MX, a fully integrated high-grade multispectral camera to see the plant level of most crops and provide the industry’s best quality agriculture data. The sensor generates plant health indexes and RGB (color) images and is calibrated for precise, repeatable measurements.
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The drone weigs 1.4 kg. Its dimensions and takeoff capabilities make hand launching possible. The UAV features BTOL (bird-like take-off and landing) for steep-climb take offs and descents in confined areas, reducing down time between flights and extending its use to challenging environments such as dense vegetation in plantations or forests.
Delair Aerial Intelligence (delair.ai) is a platform for converting drone-based images into actionable business insights. The new cloud-based solution provides a workflow to manage, analyze and share data. Delair.ai offers agriculture and forestry specific analytics to digitize and better analyze crops, including:
Crop mapping and visual scouting: Field visualization tools such as annotable and shareable 2D and 3D models, orthomosaics, georeferenced and indexed maps, crop vigor, chlorophyll content, green biomass, etc.
Inventories of fields or micro-plots: field boundaries, micro-plot vectorization, field rows, gap detection, plant counting, plant height and other plant characteristics.
Precision farming: automation of drone-to-machine operations, faster and more targeted responses to weeds, diseases and pests.
Traceability of crops: follow more precisely and demonstrate what is happening exactly in the field.
Yet optimized for a seamless integration with the Delair UX11 Ag, Delair Aerial Intelligence is drone-agnostic and compatible with popular mapping software.