Sensors

UAS platforms support the acquisition of Full Motion Video (FMV) and data delivery from either a natural color or thermal Infrared (IR) camera, however supporting the full-range of DOI research requires access to a much wider range of sensors including multispectral, hyperspectral, radar, and Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR).

Listed below are the cameras (i.e. sensors) currently being evaluated and their specifications including photo resolution on the ground, also known as calculated ground sampled distances (GSD), and the approximate ground coverage of the photo by height and width.


FLIR Vue Pro R (thermal) - Flown on 3DR Solo (12 or 16 bit)

FLIR Vue Pro specifications

Image showing change in water temperature at Chatfield Reservoir, CO
Change in water temperature at Chatfield Reservoir, CO
Image showing willow trees in Arizona
Willow trees in Arizona

MicaSense RedEdge 3 (multispectral) - Flown on 3DR Solo, Falcon Fixed Wing and Hover (12-bit)

MicaSense Red Edge 3 specifications

Natural color (RGB) image taken from the MicaSense RedEdge
Natural color (RGB) image
Near-infrared image taken from the MicaSense RedEdge
Near-infrared image
Red edge image taken from the MicaSense RedEdge
Red edge image

Pentax Ricoh GR (natural color) - Flown on 3DR Solo, Falcon Fixed Wing, and Hover (12-bit)

Pentax Ricoh GR specifications


Sony A5100 (natural color) - Flown on Falcon Fixed Wing and Hover (12-bit)

Sony A5100 specifications

Sony A5100 with Voightlander lens (natural color) - Flown on Falcon Fixed Wing and Hover (12-bit)

Sony A5100 with Voightlander lens specifications