Drones for cropping are quickly moving ahead as senseFly launches its eBee Ag, the latest addition to its eBee X Series for farming applications
Touted as user-friendly and affordable, eBee Ag aims its product range at farmers and agronomists that want to capture aerial data to improve crop yields and add to overall profit potential.
“The agriculture industry has been lacking a viable mapping solution that offers professional results at a more accessible price,” explains Michael O’Sullivan, senseFly Head of Marketing.
“The launch of the eBee Ag introduces an affordable fixed-wing solution that delivers the long flight times, range and efficiency—as well as the data quality, accuracy and resolution—that agriculture mapping projects require.”
Based on senseFly’s flagship eBee X drone, eBee Ag helps agriculture professionals overcome the many challenges they face in the paddock related to planning, plant health and crop monitoring.
eBee Ag claims to make it easier than ever to paddock scout, and look for ground potential problem areas and gain critical crop health information.
eBee Ag is suited for intensive and repeated crop mapping missions. Equipped with its standard battery, it is capable of up to 45-minutes of flight.
An endurance battery increases flight times to up to 55 minutes—allowing eBee Ag to cover more than 160 hectares (395 acres) in a single flight and saving precious time and money when compared with conventional scouting.
eBee Ag models are fitted with senseFly’s ightweight Duet M dual-sensor fixed payload, which comprises the senseFly S.O.D.A. RGB and Parrot Sequoia+ multispectral cameras.
With its dual-purpose camera, eBee Ag captures accurate RGB and multispectral data from the sky to help make better decisions on the ground.
Regularly collecting multispectral data is critical to effectively assess crop health, optimise inputs and catch early indicators of pests, diseases and weed infestations that threaten crop yields.
Highly-accurate index maps allow agriculture professionals to understand each piece of ground while managing problematic areas paddock-wide – before they impact profits.
eBee Ag also offers available Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) functionality for greater mapping precision.
With its available RTK, eBee Ag can achieve absolute accuracy down to 2.5cm (1-inch) with RGB. This position data can then integrate seamlessly into existing GPS-enabled machinery and/or Farm Management Systems.
eBee Ag also comes with senseFly’s eBee X series backpack, which is a smart and durable way to carry everything needed to transport the drone into and out of the paddock.
The eBee Ag model shares its DNA with senseFly’s flagship eBee X fixed-wing mapping drone, which revolutionised the unmanned aerial vehicle sector with its ease-of-use and multiple, state-of-the-art sensors.
There is a unique Endurance Extension option enabling a flight time of up to 90 minutes and single-flight coverage of up to 500ha at 122m (1,236 acres at 400ft).
This makes the eBee X a premium solution that offers users the high-precision of on-demand RTK/PPK for achieving absolute accuracy of down to 1.5cm (0.6-inches), without ground control points.
Farmers, agronomists and other agriculture professionals – including co-operatives who purchase eBee Ag or any drone from the eBee X line – get access to senseFly’s intuitive eMotion flight planning software.
This includes technical support and resource offerings, including its in-house team of experts, global distribution network and the newly launched senseFly Academy e-Learning Training Platform and Certified Operator Program.
For more information on the eBee Ag fixed-wing solution for agriculture and the rest of the eBee X series, see the models at www.sensefly.com