Minneapolis, Minn., June 9, 2016”Sentera, LLC, a global provider of UAV hardware, sensors and dataÂ management platforms, brings a whole new level of control to users with the Phoenix 2 Fixed–WingÂ Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), launched today. The Phoenix 2 is light–weight and highly durable, andÂ may be the most precise drone available today.
The Phoenix 2 brings a level of precision and accuracy to UAVs that hasn't been seen before, said ToddÂ Colten, chief aerospace engineer for Sentera. Users can now collect highly detailed data quickly, andÂ with complete certainty about its accuracy. Colten went on to describe the professional–grade autopilot:
The grid pattern you specify is mapped pre–flight. The drone knows exactly what line to follow to get theÂ exact looping radius, and the exact flight level needed for perfect tiling.
At only four pounds, the Phoenix 2 is easily hand–launched in just a few steps, and can carry multipleÂ sensor options for up to an hour of flight time. The professional–grade autopilot is part of what makes theÂ precision possible. It constantly auto–calculates and auto–optimizes according to the grid pattern specifiedÂ to ensure the data collected meets exact specifications.
Growers are using the Phoenix 2 with agriculture-specific sensors to collect RGB, NIR, and NDVIÂ imagery. That imagery is so precise “ [the growers] tell us they're targeting and treating specific parts ofÂ their fields, and then they're using fewer chemicals, saving money and increasing yields, continuedÂ Colten. Follow-up flights can be programmed to use the same pattern for exact data comparison atÂ multiple times throughout the growing season. We're getting great feedback from our customers.
Payload Solutions: The Phoenix 2 is a highly–versatile UAV that accepts multiple sensors, including theÂ Sentera Double 4K Sensor, providing true RGB and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) dataÂ in a single flight. The Sentera Quad Sensor, a multi-spectral six-band imager with red edge capabilities isÂ also popular in agriculture applications. Other compatible mapping sensors include the Sentera–Q forÂ high–resolution orthomaps and the Radiometric Thermal Sensor, which quickly builds high–resolution trueÂ temperature maps. Sentera also offers EO and IR gimbaled payloads for live video public safetyÂ missions.
Precision: Up to a 60–minute endurance and cruise speed of 30 mph, the Phoenix 2 is capable ofÂ covering broad areas that other UAVs of the same size cannot. The highly reliable and accurate Kestrelâ„¢ OnBoard autopilot ensure images are captured with precise, even spacing and overlap that is auto-calculated and can be adjusted by the user at the click of a button.
Ease-of-Use: Effortlessly hand–launched in just a few steps, the four–pound Phoenix 2 flies autonomouslyÂ on a predetermined flight pattern that can be updated during flight by accessing the easy–to–use groundÂ station software. Upon completion, the Phoenix 2 automatically returns to safely land.
End-to-End Solution: The Phoenix 2 includes the aircraft, ground station, transportation cases, batteries,Â chargers, and software with multiple training options available. Sentera offers a wide variety of sensors,Â ensuring every application has the perfect imagery solution. Sentera's AgVaultâ„¢ and OnTopâ„¢ OpenÂ Software Platforms manage the multitude of images and data collected during flight, and allow near–realÂ time reading and analysis of the data, including working with other data sources via APIs.Â
Visit http://www.sentera.com/phoenix–2 to learn more about Sentera's Phoenix 2 UAV.
Sentera is a leading designer, developer, and manufacturer of software, sensors, and UAVs in theÂ agriculture, infrastructure, and public safety industries. Sentera has more than 200 years of combinedÂ experience with sensors, software, UAVs, data management, and engineering solutions. In a singleÂ growing season, Sentera's equipment collected 15,500,000 million images from 16,640,000 acres andÂ gathered 175 terabytes of data from 8,000 of flights. Learn more about Sentera at www.sentera.com.