Platforms & Sensors
Current platform configurations include both a traditional Fixed Wing UAVs and Vertical Take-Off & Landing VTOL systems. Sensors range from Scientific Lumenera cameras (RGB & NIR imagery) and ICI Thermal cameras to custom sensors that can be adapted/modified to either platform for scientific research applications.
AggieAir Service Center Manager:
Utah Water Research Laboratory
Utah State University
1600 Canyon Road
BluJay - Fixed Wing
- 4 Payload Camera Configuration
- Flight Elevation: 300 m to 1000 m AGL
- Image Resolution: 0.06 to 0.20 m (visual bands)
- Coverage Area: 15 sq miles
- Linear Distance: 200 miles
- Speed: ≈50 mph
BluJay is AggieAir’s newest aerial platform. It was designed using Blucraft.com’s online aerial modeling tools and has been optimized for aerial remote sensing.
Minion - Fixed Wing
- 3 Payload Camera Configuration
- Flight Elevation: 120 m to 1,000 m AGL
- Image Resolution: 0.02 m to 0.20 m (visual bands)
- Coverage Area: 5 sq miles
- Linear Distance: 50 miles
- Speed: 30-35 mph
Minion 2.0 is AggieAir’s current main aerial platform. Designed specially for aerial remote sensing independent of a runway.
Lumenera Lt965R & Lt1265R Camera Sensors
These industrial-grade cameras give AggieAir the ability to capture and save time synchronized, high-quality raw images at 1.5 FPS at full resolution. This camera is used with a high-quality Schneider 16mm lens. The resolving power of this lens is matched to the camera and produces crsip, clear images.
ICI 9640 Thermal Camera Sensor
This camera is the upgraded version of the ICI 7640 and has many of the same great features. However, it comes in a much smaller package and has a non-uniformity correction flag. Like the 7640, the 9640is radiometric and comes calibrated using an intense lab calibration procedure. Additional calibration is performed during the flight to compensate for effects of atmosphere and convection.
Spectral filters are commonly used to either select or eliminate information for an image based on the wavelength of the information primarily determined by light passing through a glass or plastic window specially treated to transmit or absorb/reflect some wavelengths.
The AggieAir Service Center has the following available filters:
- (575 - 625 nm)
- Feature classification
- Enhances the yellow hue found in aquatic & land vegetation
- (830 - 880 nm)
- Broader vegetation analysis
- Biomass studies
Vegetation Red Edge
- (675 - 725 nm)
- Measures plant health
- Vegetation classification
- (630 - 680 nm)
- Vegetation discrimination
- Specializes in bare soil & road classification
- Geological feature visibility
- (400 - 450 nm)
- Vegetation analysis
- Enhances bathymetric studies
- (0.45 - 0.69 nm)
- Aquatic Habitat Studies
Various equipment can be used to customize every mission's agenda. Below are a few of the options available.
Portable Davis Vantage Pro Weather Station
This portable weather station can be located on-site & contains a suite of sensors including an anemoeter, rain collector, temperature, humidity, and solar irradiance sensor.
Air Quality Sensors
This sensor is used to measure ozone levels.
An electronic instrument used for surveying, reading slope distances and performing advanced coordinate calculations.
Leaf Area Index Sensor
Sensor used to describe the state and progress of crop canopies.
Portable Soil Moisture Sensor
Portable sensor to measure soil moisture content.
Mounted Weather Station
This weather station records humidity, atmospheric pressure, and air temperature.
This system is designed to enhance the precision of position data derived from satellites.
This sensor allows us to obtain the spectrum for each pixel in the image of a scene.
Portable SPAD 502 Chlorophyll Meter
A lightweight handheld meter used to measure chlorophyll content of leaves without causing damage to plants.
Sensor to measure energy fluxes and scintillation of light caused by atmospheric conditions.
Incident Light Sensor
This sensor compensates for cloud cover, haze, and
shifting solar intensity.