SenseFly and MicaSense unveil senseFly eBee X with MicaSense RedEdge-MX



SenseFly and MicaSense have introduced the senseFly eBee X with MicaSense RedEdge-MX, a new dual platform for efficient, in-depth crop analysis.

Described as a “rugged, built-to-last” professional multispectral sensor, the RedEdge-MX captures red, green, blue, near-infrared, and red-edge spectral bands. The data that the RedEdge-MX captures can be used to generate true color composites, basic crop health indexes, and advanced analytical tools like flower identification and weed detection.

SenseFly and MicaSense say that this capability, combined with the sensor’s durable design, makes RedEdge-MX a “multispectral powerhouse.”

“We know from agricultural customers such as agronomists, crop consultants and researchers that deep, high-resolution crop data is key to effective analysis and decision making,” says Gilles Labossière, CEO of senseFly.

“In parallel, when assessing large field areas, or simply looking to map smaller fields or plots quickly, small, slower quadcopter drones often don’t cut it. The eBee X with RedEdge-MX checks both these data and efficiency boxes, making it an ideal crop analysis solution.”

The senseFly eBee X with MicaSense RedEdge-MX has a number of capabilities, including the ability to capture plant health images & RGB (composite) images in one flight; a fast capture rate, which is ideal for faster fixed-wing flight speeds; and an aluminium body for better durability and performance in the heat.

“This seamless, integrated professional drone offering represents an obvious upgrade path for many agricultural professionals. Customers who already use MicaSense’s RedEdge-MX, for example, now have a quicker, more efficient way to analyze the health of their crops, without having to compromise on data quality,” explains Eric Waters, general manager of MicaSense.

“At the same time, existing eBee X operators can access the deeper, higher resolution insights that the RedEdge-MX brings.”

SenseFly’s eBee X fixed-wing UAS is equipped with its own unique capabilities, including an Endurance Extension option, which unlocks a flight time with RedEdge-MX of up to 75 minutes—16 minutes longer than the maximum endurance of 59 minutes by default— for single-flight coverage of up to 220 hectares.

Thanks to its built-in Steep Landing technology, ultra-robust design, live air traffic data and other features, the UAS can also perform at every site, regardless of the challenges.

The UAS also has a variety of professional camera options, including the MicaSense RedEdge-MX, and the new, proprietary senseFly S.O.D.A. 3D, senseFly Aeria X, and senseFly Duet T.

Video footage of the can be seen below: