AirCTEMPs employs a variety of both off-the-shelf and tailored UAS platforms for remote sensing applications. Listed below are links and PDF descriptions of various UAS. The listing of this information does not represent endorsement or product support by CTEMPs, but rather is designed to serve as an information resource for users. CTEMPs will periodically update and add to this reference material and users are encouraged to contact CTEMPs with suggestions for postings.

Light Lift UASs

Light lift UASs are quadcopter configurations capable of lifting a single payload weighing < 1kg. Typical operational endurance is 15 to 20 minutes depending on payload, altitude and weather conditions. Flights can be conducted by manual control or via pre-planned automatic GPS waypoint navigation.

Solo - 3DR

  

This UAS can be individually equipped with the following gimbal (AirCTEMPs engineered and printed) stabilized sensor(s):

  • Visible camera: GoPro Hero 3 or 4 (Black Edition)
    • Common Uses: Videography and/or imagery for visual interpretation
  • Multispectral camera: MicaSense RedEdge
    • Common Uses: Remote sensing analysis of vegetation health status and/or landcover type classification
  • Thermal Infrared Sensor:  FLIR Vue Pro (640x512, 30hz, 19mm)
    • Common Uses: Videography for visual interpretation of warm bodied objects (e.g. elk herd composition)

Specifications: 

  • Max flight time: 25min
  • Max payload: 420 g
  • Max speed: 24.7 m/s 

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Phantom 3 - DJI

 

This UAS can be individually equipped with the following gimbal stabilized sensor(s):

  • Proprietary 12 mp, 4k video sensor with 3 mm focal length
    • Common Uses: Videography and/or imagery for visual interpretation and photogrammetry

Specifications: 

  • Max flight time: 23 minutes
  • Max payload: 420 g
  • Max speed: 16 m/s

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T650

This UAS can be individually equipped with the following gimbal (AirCTEMPs engineered and printed) stabilized sensor(s):

  • Visible camera: Visible camera: Sony α5100 with E 20 mm F2.8 lens (SEL20F28)
    • Common Uses: Videography and/or imagery for visual interpretation and photogrammetry
  • Visible camera: GoPro Hero 3 or 4 (Black Edition)
    • Common Uses: Videography and/or imagery for visual interpretation
  • Multispectral camera: MicaSense RedEdge
    • Common Uses: Remote sensing analysis of vegetation health status and/or landcover type classification
  • Thermal Imaging Infrared Camera:  Infrared Cameras Inc 8640 P-Series
    • Common Uses: Thermographic analysis of a large area where results in C or F are desired (e.g. surface temperature analysis of a grassland prairie)

Specifications: 

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Storm AntiGravity

This UAS can be individually equipped with the following sensor(s):

  • Visible camera: Visible camera: Sony α5100 with E 20 mm F2.8 lens (SEL20F28)
    • Common Uses: Videography and/or imagery for visual interpretation and photogrammetry
  • Visible camera: MAPIR Survey 2 (gimbal stabelized)
    • Common Uses: Videography and/or imagery for visual interpretation
  • Multispectral camera: MicaSense RedEdge
    • Common Uses: Remote sensing analysis of vegetation health status and/or landcover type classification
  • Thermal Imaging Infrared Camera:  Infrared Cameras Inc 8640 P-Series
    • Common Uses: Thermographic analysis of a large area where results in C or F are desired (e.g. surface temperature analysis of a grassland prairie)

Specifications: 

 

Medium Lift UAS(s)

Medium lift UASs are hexacopter configurations capable of lifting payloads weighing < 2.5 kg. Typical operational endurance is 10 to 20 minutes depending on payload, altitude and weather conditions. Hexacopter adds motor redundancy to protect sensors in case of single motor failure. Flights can be conducted by manual control or via pre-planned automatic GPS waypoint navigation. These systems can operate in more strenuous conditions than light lift UASs and can be customized to match operational needs (e.g. change propeller pitch for high altitude flying or add additional batteries to extend endurance).

T810

This UAS can be equipped with the following sensors individually or in combination via an AirCTEMPs engineered and printed gimbal. The ability to capture this imagery simultaneously offers significant advantages in the processing and co-registering of multiple databases.

  • Visible camera: Visible camera: Sony α5100 with E 20 mm F2.8 lens (SEL20F28)
    • Common Uses: Videography and/or imagery for visual interpretation and photogrammetry
  • Visible camera: GoPro Hero 3 or 4 (Black Edition)
    • Common Uses: Videography and/or imagery for visual interpretation
  • Multispectral camera: MicaSense RedEdge
    • Common Uses: Remote sensing analysis of vegetation health status and/or landcover type classification
  • Thermal Imaging Infrared Camera:  Infrared Cameras Inc 8640 P-Series
    • Common Uses: Thermographic analysis of a large area where results in C or F are desired (e.g. surface temperature analysis of a grassland prairie)

Specifications: 

Heavy Lift UAS(s)

Heavy lift UASs are octocopter configurations capable of lifting payloads weighing <= 4k. Typical operational endurance is 10 to 15 minutes depending on the payload, altitude and weather conditions.  The octocopter configuration adds redundancy to protect sensors from a crash in the case of a single motor failure. Flights can be conducted by manual control or via pre-planned autonomous GPS waypoint navigation. These systems can operate in more extreme conditions than light lif UASs and can be customized ot match operational needs (e.g. increase propeller pitch for high altitude flights or add additional batteries to extend endurance). 

S1000

This UAS can be equipped with the following sensors individually:

  • Hyperspectral camera: Headwall Nano-Hyperspec
    • Common Uses: Various spectral analysis related to: water quality, plant physiology, vegetative cover classificaiton, and mineral detection
    • Contact CTEMPs regarding availability and feasibility for your project

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