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Role of Dragonfly Aerospace in earth observation

by John Saunders
7th May 21 2:32 pm

With technologies like the CubeSat camera, Dragonfly Aerospace is headed to become one of the key players in the earth observation aerospace industry. The earth observation technologies are being used for numerous monitoring applications in agriculture, climate, mining, ocean, etc. Companies like Dragonfly Aerospace are building earth observation microsatellites and imagers to enable the right data generation for the concerned organisations.

Major uses of the earth observation technology of Dragonfly Aerospace

The company has signed partnerships with some top companies and organisations on manufacturing satellie cameras for earth observation. Now, the key parts of the company’s aerospace observation systems are the imagers and satellite cameras. Some of the primary uses of these imagers are:

  • Collecting data on agriculture like soil indicators, yield conditions, crop classification, crop monitoring, etc.
  • Monitoring deforestation
  • Measuring ocean depth
  • Change in vegetation pattern
  • Tracking pollution
  • Monitoring livestock
  • Disaster response
  • Urban planning

Agricultural monitoring as the major application of multispectral earth imaging

Multispectral imagers are highly advanced satellite cameras that help with earth observation and remote sensing. The domain seeking the highest benefit from this technology is agriculture, where the imagers are producing high precision data for monitoring purposes. The agricultural experts and farmers can manage their activities more effectively. Following are some immediate benefits:

  • Around 10% savings on fertilizers with crop and weather monitoring
  • Satellite monitoring cuts physical inspection needs, leading to up to 40% fuel savings
  • Automatic data generation on things like soil nitrogen levels, vegetation indices, and field deviation, etc.

Partnership between Dragonfly Aerospace and EOS DA for agricultural monitoring

The recent news has Dragonfly Aerospace partnering with EOS Data Analytics for delivering two high-performance HR-250 multispectral imagers. EOS DA is a company that supports the cause of promoting sustainable resource consumption through earth observation from space. As stated by the CEO of Dragonfly Aerospace, the HR-250 imagers will be used by EOS DA for generating remote sensing data for the commercial agriculture domain.

The company focuses on Crop monitoring, which will use multispectral imaging data for promoting precision farming. Following are some of the ways the multispectral imagery will help crop monitoring:

  • The availability time for observatory images will be reduced. The earth observation companies will provide 5-7 times faster access to the images.
  • The image resolution will improve by 3-10 times, enabling precision analytics for small regions.
  • Independent data will be available for farmers who can further monitor and analyse yield and soil conditions.
  • The chances for developing anomaly detection models will increase for all authorities.
  • The coverage will improve for even small field regions in all countries.
  • Authorities can claim exclusive rights on data and areas.

About the HR-250 multispectral imagers

These satellite imagers are a part of the product line of Dragonfly Aerospace that has manufactured six high-resolution multispectral satellite cameras in total. EOS DA will use these imagers in their satellite constellation for demonstration purposes. The HR-250 imagers are primarily used for environmental imaging and monitoring, response generation, risk detection, and precision farming—they have ten precision spectral bands and a 1.4m native resolution. These bands boost the classification and segmentation of land features.

Dragonfly aerospace to provide hyperspectral imagers to an aerospace international consortium

In a bid to expand their forages into aerospace technology, Dragonfly Aerospace has partnered with a collaboration of different earth observation companies led by NanoAvionics. This international consortium is a part of the launch of the D-2/AtlaCom-1 satellite mission. It will aim for the demonstrative testing of hyperspectral imaging, communication payloads, and sensing the market sentiments for hyperspectral imaging data. One of these payloads will be a hyperspectral camera for remote sensing imaging developed by Dragonfly Aerospace. This mission will be helping earth observation by small satellites that facilitate agricultural monitoring, ocean monitoring, vegetation tracking, pollution tracking, urban changes monitoring, and much more.

About the hyperspectral satellite camera – mantis

These imagers by Dragonfly Aerospace are its state-of-the-art indigenous technology. This is a special camera with a unique capability to merge hyperspectral bands with multispectral bands. They facilitate the working of imaging sessions and generate remote sensing data for optimising decision-making in the aerospace industry.

Dragonfly aerospace to provide Electro-Optical imagers to pixxel for global coverage

Syncing their aims for making life on earth better with space technology, Dragonfly Aerospace has partnered with Pixxel recently. The former has agreed to deliver high-resolution electro-optical imagers to Pixxel used in its earth observation constellations. The planned satellite constellation being launched by Pixxel aims to capture images of the whole globe and generate data for 24 hours in real-time.

This will help global organisations detect, predict, and monitor global occurrences related to climate, agriculture, crop yield, disaster, urban planning, etc. We see that Dragonfly Aerospace is playing a significant role in facilitating the best technologies for greater earth observation visualisation. The company takes immense pride in its visionary approach towards developing aerospace solutions that will help make life better.

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