Our Drones & Sensors

SNRC’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The following UAVs are used frequently by our pilots for a variety of purposes that help our clients meet their needs. Capturing high resolution imagery, providing terrain models and assisting with decision support on site are among the common benefits of our unmanned systems.

UAV

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DJI Matrice 210

  • 38 minutes flight time
  • Weatherproof, can fly in rain and strong wind
  • Vertical takeoff and landing
  • Can use true color and thermal cameras simultaneously
  • Used for both inspection and
    mapping missions
  • Wind tolerance is ~43 km/h

Sassin Tech
Fixed wing

  • 40 minutes flight time
  • Covers more area over a shorter period of
    time due to flight speed.
  • Compatible with 3 of our 4 cameras.
  • Optimized for mapping missions.

DJI Inspire 1

  • 20 minutes flight time.
  • Vertical takeoff and landing.
  • Visible (RGB) cameras or thermal cameras
    are compatible.
  • Shoots in 4K video and RAW format for
    ultra-high resolution.

SNRC’s UAV Payloads

The following cameras are used by SNRC’s UAV program on a regular basis. We have access to additional cameras if needed, and we have UAVs that allow us the flexibility to swap them for one another.

Camera

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Sony α6300

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 4K movie resolution
  • ISO 100 – 25,600
  • 3 cm/pixel resolution or better when mapping

Sony Nex 7 with
18-55mm lens

  • 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 1080p60 HD movie recording
  • ISO 100-16000
  • Zoom lens available when needed

MicaSense Red Edge

  • 5 distinct spectral bands
    (Blue, Green Red, Red Edge, NIR)
  • Access to the “Red Edge” allows for
    indices not possible with other cameras.
  • 8 cm/pixel resolution at 120m AGL
  • Lightweight, increasing flight time

FLIR Vue Pro 640

  • Thermal imaging (stills and video)
  • 640 x 512 resolution
  • We chose the 13mm lens, best for mapping