Comparing Sentera Precision Agriculture Drone Solutions

Comparing Sentera Precision Agriculture Drone Solutions

12 Sep Comparing Sentera Precision Agriculture Drone Solutions

Choosing a Precision Agriculture Drone Solution

So, you’ve decided you are ready to take your operation to the next level with a Sentera complete crop scouting solution. But which precision agriculture drone solution is right for you?

Since the emergence of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for commercial and personal use, drones have become smaller, more precise and more user-friendly than ever before. However, not all precision agriculture drones and sensors are created equal.

If you plan on purchasing a crop scouting solution, there are some things to consider. What do you need it for? Where will you be flying it? What is your budget? And what type of imagery and data are you trying to collect?

Some drones are better suited for simple image capture, while others feature specialized sensors for precision agriculture crop scouting and data collection.

There’s a drone for every farm and every budget. Whether you’re just getting started or turning pro, Sentera can get you flying.

 

 

DJI Mavic  $

Flight time: 27 minutes
Environmental parameters: Wind 24 mph  |  Temp 14°F to 104°F
Great for: The average grower looking for an easy-to-use, affordable, and highly portable precision agriculture drone solution that includes good RGB imaging performance and Sentera NDVI or NDRE sensors.

The DJI Mavic is one of the most compact consumer-grade drones available today. The Mavic easily folds to an extremely portable size — but don’t let its small size fool you, the Mavic is capable of 4K video and has a 4.3 mile* range.

Additional features:
  • Equipped with FlightAutonomy, allowing your drone to sense objects up to 49 feet in front of it
  • Built-in 12-megapixel camera, capable of shooting 4K video
  • The AgVault Mobile app enables you to autonomously fly the Mavic using any iOS mobile device. Simply set your flight boundaries and specifications and press start — the app handles the rest.
  • AgVault Mobile’s battery swap feature enables you to fly a field of any size by seamlessly accommodating any number of battery swap outs. AgVault Mobile monitors your drone’s battery life, notes the exact coordinates where it left off, and returns to you when a new battery is required. Once a replacement battery is installed, the UAV automatically resumes data capture exactly where it left off.
Seamlessly integrates with:

Already own a Mavic? Purchase the NDVI upgrade only:

*Unobstructed, free of interference, when FCC-compliant.

 

DJI Phantom 4 Pro  $

Flight time: 30 minutes
Environmental parameters: Wind 22 mph  |  Temp 14°F to 104°F
Great for: Growers and agronomists looking for an easy-to-use, affordable, and high-quality RGB and NDVI or NDRE precision agriculture drone solution.

The elegantly designed DJI Phantom 4 Pro is an affordable consumer-grade quadcopter that has become a staple among hobbyists and commercial users alike. The Sentera High-Precision Single Sensor is the only precision ag drone sensor on the market that can be integrated with a Phantom series drone without removing or modifying the Phantom’s high-quality built-in HD color camera.

Additional features:
  • Equipped with Obstacle Sensing System to help you steer clear of objects that may damage the drone
  • Smart Return technology helps bring it home safely
  • Built-in 20-megapixel HD color camera that can shoot stills and video
  • The AgVault Mobile app enables you to autonomously fly the Phantom 4 Pro using any iOS mobile device. Simply set your flight boundaries and specifications and press start — the app handles the rest.
  • AgVault Mobile’s battery swap feature enables you to fly a field of any size by seamlessly accommodating any number of battery swap outs
Seamlessly integrates with several precision crop scouting sensors:

Already own a Phantom? Purchase the sensor upgrades only:

 

DJI Inspire 1  $$

Flight time: 18 minutes
Environmental parameters: Wind 22 mph | Temp 14° to 104° F
Great for: Growers and agronomists looking for an affordable precision agriculture drone that is compatible with many different payloads.

The DJI Inspire 1 is a pro-sumer grade quadcopter that allows for unobstructed 360° views. Able to capture cinematic-quality imagery, this intuitive drone has a sleek aerodynamic design and a failsafe autopilot feature.

Additional features:
  • Sentera’s plug-and-play gimbal allows you to attach the Double 4K sensor to the Inspire in seconds without any tools, and actively stabilizes the sensor during flight for distortion-free crop health data
  • Ability to capture unobstructed 360° imagery
  • Detachable camera shoots 4K video in 24 fps, 25 fps & 35 fps
  • Optical flow positioning system allows stabilization while close to the ground
  • AgVault Mobile’s battery swap feature enables you to fly a field of any size by seamlessly accommodating any number of battery swap outs
Seamlessly integrates with:

Already own an Inspire? Purchase the sensor upgrades only:

 

SenteraPHXPro

Sentera PHX Pro  $$

Flight time: 59 minutes
Environmental Parameters: Wind 25 mph  |  Temp -30° to 120° F
Great for: Agronomists, enterprise users, and researchers looking to maximize acres per hours and capture advanced crop scouting data with a professional-grade precision agriculture drone.

Sentera’s PHX Pro has one of the longest flight times you will find in any precision ag drone, allowing you to maximize your acres per hour. This professional-grade fixed-wing UAV soars at nearly 35 mph with an endurance of up to an hour, recording up to 700 acres worth of data on autopilot in a single flight.

Additional features:
  • Easy hand-launch + precision landing capability, no hand controller needed
  • Highly reliable, easy-to-use flight software is compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS operating systems
  • Easy field assembly without tools
  • Built to withstand rugged conditions
Seamlessly integrates with:

 

Sentera Omni Ag  $$$

Flight time: 25 minutes
Environmental Parameters: Wind 22 mph  |  Temp 14° to 104° F
Great for: Agronomists, enterprise users, and researchers who want to capture advanced, real-time visual, NDVI, Red Edge, and Thermal crop scouting data with an industrial-grade precision agriculture drone.

Sentera’s Omni Ag is an industrial quadcopter that comes equipped with one of the most precise and robust sensors on the market: The Sentera Double 4K. This state-of-the-art sensor allows you to gather two sets of imagery simultaneously, decreasing the amount of flight time while doubling your data collection. Plus, view NDVI data in real time with LiveNDVI™ technology which streams NDVI video directly to your device while your drone is still in the air.

Additional features:
  • Rapid image collection that takes care of image distortion or color anomalies
  • Ability to capture high-resolution color, NIR, and NDVI in single flight
  • With the Omni, users can add the DJI XT thermal imager to add a third data layer — all in the same flight!
Seamlessly integrates with:

 

LMIndago

Lockheed Martin Indago  $$$$

Flight time: 45 minutes
Environmental Parameters: Wind 25 mph  |  Temp -30° to 120° F
Great for: Agronomists, enterprise users, and researchers who want to capture precise NDVI crop scouting data or 3D models with a high-endurance, industrial-grade UAV.

If you are looking for a rugged, industrial-grade quadcopter, this is the UAV for you. The Indago’s imagery is so precise and reliable, it is commonly used for first response, firefighting, search & rescue, and disaster relief. It’s this precision and reliability that make the Indago so well suited for precision agriculture and inspection.

Additional features:
  • Target tracking capabilities
  • Real-time detailed imagery from 1,000 feet away
  • Close-up inspection capabilities
  • Rugged construction enables you to fly the Indago in diverse weather conditions
Seamlessly integrates with:

 

Choosing a precision agriculture drone solution for your crop scouting needs comes down to knowing what you want to accomplish. With so many variations and options on the market, it’s worth doing your research before making a purchase. For even more valuable information, check out the following spec comparison charts:

Precision Agriculture Drone Solutions
Precision Agriculture Sensors

Plus, check out our interactive quiz, Which Sentera precision agriculture drone solution is right for you?, for a personalized recommendation based on your needs.

For more information on any of our precision ag drone solutions, visit the Sentera website or reach out to us via the contact form on our website.

 


 

About Sentera

Sentera is a leading supplier of integrated remote sensing and IoT solutions to the agriculture industry, making it easy for users to bring in-field data off the farm for further analysis. Sentera equipment has flown tens of millions of acres all over the world.

 


 

2 Comments
  • Con Raffa
    Posted at 18:03h, 18 September Reply

    What are the prices for these units please.

    • Sarah Ritzen
      Posted at 12:25h, 26 September Reply

      Hello, Pricing may be found on our website via the following link: https://sentera.com/shop/. If you have further questions, please feel free to reach out directly at info@sentera.com. Thank you.

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