Precision Agriculture

Volatus Aerospace is an aerial imagery specialist in crop research and precision agriculture. We survey hundreds–sometimes thousands–of acres in a single day. By capturing visual and multispectral data as we fly, they can get an accurate stand count as early as plant emergence. With high-quality, multi-sensor imagery and analytics, we can track crop progression, manage nutrient input, and make replanting decisions. Aerial imagery is essential in decision-making for crop research and precision agriculture.

How it works

  • Clorophyll

    Plants will often exhibit signature characteristics when they are stressed, thriving, dying, blooming, or infected. These signatures may not always be visible to the human eye; however, they will usually have a strong correlation to the content of chlorophyll within the photosynthetically active regions of plants. Healthy plants normally have greater chlorophyll content in their leaves than unhealthy plants.

  • Near Infrared and Red Edge

    Plants with high amounts of chlorophyll within their reflective structures will reflect a greater percentage of near-infrared and red edge light wavelengths emitted from the Sun than plants with lower amounts of chlorophyll. Therefore, in many cases, the amount of reflected near-infrared and red edge light that is reflected off a crop can be used as a marker to help quantify characteristics associated with the health of a plant.

  • Data Insights

    Volatus Precision Agriculture provides unique insights to vegetation growth, and our crop and plot trial research programs deliver timely, and accurate assessments based on high-resolution aerial imagery that can only be obtained using sensors flown at low altitudes by unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones.”

Research is our specialty

We specialize in high-throughput research programs for plot and field-scale trials. Whether you are growing canola, soybeans, potatoes, corn, hemp, wheat, cotton, blueberries, almonds or Christmas trees! Whatever your aerial mapping project, and wherever it may be in the Americas, we will customize an aerial program to suit your research requirements.

Standardization

Volatus Aerospace can provide drone services across a wide geographical area, providing a unified, high-quality standard. We have trained our pilots to be specialists in agricultural mapping since 2016.

We have the largest pilot network across North America with over 1,200 pilots in addition to a large inventory of the latest drone technology which ensures that our clients have access to the latest innovations in drones, sensors, cameras and data processing.

Volatus Drone Services Pilot Network

Our Fleet

Our fleet of drones and sensors is comprised of the highest quality, reliable and capable systems available on the market, led by our flagship systems, the DJI M300 RTK, and the FIXAR 007 hybrid fixed-wing platform.

FIXAR 007 HYBRID

Phase One P3

100MP PHASEONE P3

High Resolution

Sometimes 20 megapixels isn’t enough. That is why we have outfitted our fleet with the highest resolution sensors available, the 100MP PhaseOne P3 and 45MP Zenmuse P1. If you need high resolution, we’ve got you covered!
CAMERA iXM-100 iXM-50
CAMERA RESOLUTION
iXM-100 100MP
iXM-50 50MP
CAMERA DYNAMIC RANGE (dB)
iXM-100 84
iXM-50 83
CAMERA ASPECT RATIO
iXM-100 4:3
CAMERA APERTURE RANGE
iXM-100 f/5.6 - f/22
CAMERA PIXEL SIZE (μm)
iXM-100 3.76
iXM-50 5.3
CAMERA EFFECTIVE SENSOR SIZE (mm)
iXM-100 43.9 x 32.9
CAMERA LIGHT SENSITIVITY (ISO)
iXM-100 50 - 6400
iXM-50 100 - 6400
CAMERA CAPTURE RATE (fps)
iXM-100 3
iXM-50 2
CAMERA LENS MOUNT
iXM-100 Phase One RSM
CAMERA DATA STORAGE
iXM-100 CF express/XQD card
CAMERA RAW FILE COMPRESSION
iXM-100 IIQ large: 100MB,
IIQ small: 65MB
iXM-50 IIQ large: 50MB,
IIQ small: 33MB
CAMERA IR CUT-OFF FILTER
iXM-100 Yes

RTK ACCURACY

DJI M300 RTK
We can provide cm-level geo referencing accuracy, precise to within 2-4cm absolute. All of our multi-flight projects use ground control targets to provide us with repeatable relative accuracies of between 0.2-2.0 cm between every flight. Perfect for plant elevations and biomass calculations!

MULTISPECTRAL

We use a variety of multispectral sensors, depending on our customers’ requirements. These include the MicaSense Altum, Parrot Sequoia, and DJI Phantom 4 Multispectral. Learn more about these products on our store.

TRAIT ASSESSMENTS OF PILOT TRIALS

Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and Normalized Difference Red Edge (NDRE), Optimized Soil Adjusted Vegetation Index (OSAVI), Yellowness Index, and many other indices can be applied to your data to deliver quantitative measurements of your plot trials. We use many tools to generate measurements of various traits:
  • Plant Height

  • Vigor

  • Stand Count

  • Emergence Rates

  • Maturity Rates
  • Flowering Rates

  • Yield Estimates

  • Canopy Cover and more!