Agriculture

PRECISION AGRICULTURE

Volatus Aerospace is an aerial imagery specialist in crop research and precision agriculture. We survey hundreds–sometimes thousands–of acres in a single day. By capturing visual and multispectral data as we fly, they can get an accurate stand count as early as plant emergence. With high-quality, multi-sensor imagery and analytics, we can track crop progression, manage nutrient input, and make replanting decisions. Aerial imagery is essential in decision-making for crop research and precision agriculture.

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HOW IT WORKS

Plants will often exhibit signature characteristics when they are stressed, thriving, dying, blooming, or infected. These signatures may not always be visible to the human eye; however, they will usually have a strong correlation to the content of chlorophyll within the photosynthetically active regions of plants. Healthy plants normally have greater chlorophyll content in their leaves than unhealthy plants.

Plants with high amounts of chlorophyll within their reflective structures will reflect a greater percentage of near-infrared and red edge light wavelengths emitted from the Sun than plants with lower amounts of chlorophyll.  Therefore, in many cases, the amount of reflected near-infrared and red edge light that is reflected off a crop can be used as a marker to help quantify characteristics associated with the health of a plant.

Volatus Precision Agriculture provides unique insights to vegetation growth, and our crop and plot trial research programs deliver timely, and accurate assessments based on high-resolution aerial imagery that can only be obtained using sensors flown at low altitudes by unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones.”

RESEARCH IS OUR SPECIALTY

We specialize in high-throughput research programs for plot and field-scale trials. Whether you are growing canola, soybeans, potatoes, corn, hemp, wheat, cotton, blueberries, almonds or Christmas trees! Whatever your aerial mapping project, and wherever it may be in the Americas, we will customize an aerial program to suit your research requirements.

STANDARDIZATION

Volatus Aerospace can provide drone services across a wide geographical area,  providing a unified, high-quality standard. We have trained our pilots to be specialists in agricultural mapping since 2016.

We have the largest pilot network across North America with over 1,200 pilots in addition to a large inventory of the latest drone technology which ensures that our clients have access to the latest innovations in drones, sensors, cameras and data processing.

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OUR FLEET

Our fleet of drones and sensors is comprised of the highest quality, reliable and capable systems available on the market, led by our flagship systems, the DJI M300 RTK, and the FIXAR 007 hybrid fixed-wing platform.

DJI M300 RTK
DJI M300 RTK
Fixar 007
FIXAR 007 HYBRID
Phase One P3
100MP PHASEONE P3
HIGH RESOLUTION

Sometimes 20 megapixels isn’t enough. That is why we have outfitted our fleet with the highest resolution sensors available, the 100MP PhaseOne P3 and 45MP Zenmuse P1. If you need high resolution, we’ve got you covered!

CAMERAiXM-100iXM-50
RESOLUTION100MP50MP
DYNAMIC RANGE (dB)8384
ASPECT RATIO4:3
APERTURE RANGEf/5.6 – f/22
PIXEL SIZE (μm)3.765.3
EFFECTIVE SENSOR SIZE (mm)43.9 x 32.9
LIGHT SENSITIVITY (ISO)50 – 6400100-6400
CAPTURE RATE (fps)32
LENS MOUNTPhase One RSM
DATA STORAGECF express/XQD card
RAW FILE COMPRESSIONIIQ large: 100MB, IIQ small: 65MBIIQ large: 50MB, IIQ small: 33MB
IR CUT-OFF FILTERYes
RTK ACCURACY

We can provide cm-level geo referencing accuracy, precise to within 2-4cm absolute. All of our multi-flight projects use ground control targets to provide us with repeatable relative accuracies of between 0.2-2.0 cm between every flight. Perfect for plant elevations and biomass calculations!

DJI M300 RTK
MULTISPECTRAL

We use a variety of multispectral sensors, depending on our customers’ requirements. These include the MicaSense Altum, Parrot Sequoia, and DJI Phantom 4 Multispectral. Learn more about these products on our store.

RedEdge MX by MicaSense

TRAIT ASSESSMENTS OF PILOT TRIALS

Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and Normalized Difference Red Edge (NDRE), Optimized Soil Adjusted Vegetation Index (OSAVI), Yellowness Index, and many other indices can be applied to your data to deliver quantitative measurements of your plot trials. We use many tools to generate measurements of various traits:

1. Plant Height
2. Vigor
3. Stand Count
4. Emergence Rates
5. Maturity Rates
6. Flowering Rates
7. Yield Estimates
8. Canopy Cover
and more!

Agriculture Measurement
Agriculture Measurement
Agriculture Measurement
Agriculture Measurement

OUR CLIENTS CHOOSE US BECAUSE OF OUR...

Customer Focused Business Model

As a company premised on innovative solutions, Volatus Aerospace is always seeking to improve our services for our clients. We are committed to addressing clients’ specific needs while dedicating time and resources to educate any audience with an interest in learning more about the latest innovations and challenges in spatial data collection and processing.

Quality Data

As the data saying goes, “Garbage in, garbage out.” For spatial datasets and the significant computing power required to process them, this places a fundamental importance on the data collection stage of a project. Volatus Aerospace operates using a streamlined and vertically integrated workflow that ensures quality and efficiency from mission planning to data capture to processing.

Commitment to Community Engagement

We often find that those who could ultimately benefit the most from our services are community members and organizations with limited financial resources. Similarity, we understand the fundamental importance of engaging community members in our process to ensure understanding and to generate feedback. This is why Volatus Aerospace is committed to community engagement as a critical component of our workflow.

Safe and Efficient Workflow

Given the diverse range of use cases presented to us by clients, we often collect data in areas of increased risk and complexity. Operational safety and efficiency are paramount to our success as a company. They are the defining pillars informing how we conduct our field operations, ensuring that risk to our field technicians, bystanders, and physical assets is constantly being managed and minimized.

GET IN TOUCH

To learn more about how Volatus Aerospace can help you with Precision Agriculture and Crop Research, please fill the form below.