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Next-Generation Multispectral Sensor Features Real-Time Processing

Published: 19 Nov 2019

Sentera 6X multispectral sensor

Sentera has announced the launch of the 6X, a new multispectral sensor designed for unmanned aerial system (UAS) precision agriculture, scientific research and other applications. 6X will be available as fully gimbal-stabilized products compatible with DJI Matrice and Inspire series drones, as well as MAVLink-compliant units, and its versatile interfaces will also ensure that it can be easily integrated into a wide variety of other drones and remote sensing systems.

The system features a custom processor designed to efficiently handle massive data throughput requirements while maintaining extremely tight synchronization across channels, with advanced machine learning and computer vision capabilities. It incorporates 5 simultaneously triggered, precision-filtered 3.2MP global-shutter imagers, and one 20.1MP RGB imager, each with a dedicated, high-quality optical path. The sensor produces 8 channels of image data, with fast frame rate performance and high radiometric accuracy. An optional customized variant of the incident light sensor product used on Sentera enterprise equipment will also be available.

The 6x can generate the necessary data in a single pass to provide high-value, high-accuracy insights for seed performance, disease, weed pressure, nutrition, yield estimation and more.

Zach Marston, Principal Scientist at Sentera, commented: “The 6x currently delivers the best spatial resolution on the market across all spectral bands, providing the detailed vegetation mapping researchers need for developing advanced analytics and computer vision solutions. This is combined with the ease of use required to make the 6X a workhorse that can deliver cutting-edge agricultural insights to researchers, academia, agronomists, and growers throughout the growing season.”

Alex Stephens, Director of Hardware Products at Sentera, said: “We wanted to combine best-in-class imaging with ease of use and enough power to process data in real-time. The 6X sets a new standard for image quality and onboard power, but users will also find that this translates to greater simplicity and ease of integration.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years.

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