A Switzerland based technology company called SenseFly has been touring the US with a new image-collecting aircraft, which they describe as a small, safe, autonomous and simple to operate unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for agriculture.
Called the Swinglet CAM, this smart flying camera “can be operated by almost anybody, and can take autonomously high-quality pictures of 1,000 acres in less than 30 minutes,” says Andrea Hildebrand, co-founder of the company.
“The feedback to our product has been very positive,” says Hildebrand. “People loved the possibility to get aerial imagery on the spot, and the ease of operation exceeded their expectations.”
The camera-toting UAV can be used for a variety of ag applications, including crop monitoring, imagery, land management, remote sensing, and mapping. IT features a 12 megapixel camera, a 32-inch wingspan, flies 18 to 31 miles per hour, and weighs a bit more than a pound. Its wireless capability allows data linking up to a mile away.
A US-based contact for information and purchasing is being added, but in the meantime the unit can be purchased directly from the company in Switzerland. For more information visit www.sensefly.com.