DJI has launched the P4 Multispectral, a fully integrated multispectral imaging drone for precision farming.
P4 Multispectral combines data from six separate sensors to measure the health of crops, from individual plants to entire fields, as well as weeds, insects and a variety of soil conditions.
P4 Multispectral features a gimbal-stabilised imaging system composed of one RGB camera and a multispectral camera array with five narrow band sensors – including red edge and near infrared – that are capable of capturing visible and invisible light. This data is to give professionals insights into vegetation stress, soil composition as well as water salinity and contamination.
According to DJI, an additional integrated spectral sunlight sensor maximises the accuracy and consistency of data collection during missions flown at different times of day.
Seamless integration into the DJI Ground Station Pro flight planning app allows pilots to switch between real-time views of the drone’s RGB video camera and Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) output for immediate insights while in the field.
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An integrated RTK positioning module and TimeSync system support real-time, accurate positioning data for each image, optimising photogrammetric results and providing centimeter-level accurate measurements.
According to the manufacturer, P4 Multispectral is compatible with standard industry workflows including flight programming, mapping, and analytics software from DJI and other leading providers.
Using the DJI GS Pro application, users can create automated and repeatable missions including flight planning, mission execution, and flight data management. Data collected can be imported into DJI Terra or a suite of third-party software including Pix4D Mapper and DroneDeploy, for analysis and to generate additional vegetation index maps.
In addition, P4 Multispectral users can enhance the accuracy of RTK positioning without an internet connection by using DJI’s D-RTK 2 High-Precision GNSS Mobile Station, which supports all major global satellite navigation systems, or using a third-party network RTK via an iPad with an internet connection.
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Built on the Phantom airframe, P4 Multispectral leverages DJI’s OcuSync transmission system. DJI says this provides a smooth flight experience with less signal interference, enhanced video transmission, and a 7km maximum transmission range.
Each of its 2-megapixel cameras feature a global shutter for precise imaging during flight with a maximum 27 minutes of flight time per battery.
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Available in October
DJI P4 Multispectral will be available in October through DJI Enterprise dealers worldwide. The P4 Multispectral costs $ 6,499 USD and comes with a 1-year license to DJI Terra (Basic) Windows software and a 1-year license to DJI GS Pro (Team-Professional) iPad app.
Customers can also purchase the P4 Multispectral with the D-RTK 2 Mobile Base Station for a total of $ 9,100 USD. All purchases of a P4 Multispectral in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, Japan, United Kingdom and the European Union come with free a 1-year Enterprise Shield Basic coverage.