MicaSense Altum PT

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  • 12 MP & Thermal Sensors: Advanced sensors for high-resolution imagery, ideal for machine learning in agriculture.
  • Synchronized Capture: Streamlines data with multispectral, thermal, and RGB outputs, eliminating post-process alignment.
  • Accurate Data: Ground-level calibration and light sensing for precise, adaptable agricultural analysis.
  • AI Insights: Enhances crop counting and vegetation research with high-resolution imagery.
  • Agricultural Optimization: Aids in irrigation, disease detection, and yield estimation through thermal and multispectral imaging.
  • Light & Compatible: Easy UAV integration at 577g, with open APIs for broad software support.


The MicaSense Altum-PT's synchronized multispectral and thermal bands and pan-sharpened multispectral outputs provide twice the level of spatial resolution in multispectral and thermal data compared to the original Altum. 

The Altum-PT's improved resolution and capability makes it ideal for intensive research and high-value crop management in production agriculture, from plant scientists seeking leaf-level information in their phenotyping efforts to farmers looking for optimal irrigation practices in the face of worldwide climate change.



The MicaSense Altum-PT is a powerful 3-in-1 Ag payload that combines agricultural and remote sensing. Integrated into this system is a 12MP panchromatic sensor and 320x256 FLIR 320x256 FLIR Boson® radiometric thermal sensor, each with five discrete spectral bands. 

With one flight, users can obtain outputs like RGB color, crop vigor, heat maps, and high-resolution panchromatic images. The Altum-PT’s higher resolutions also open up additional analytical possibilities for your operations.

Using this multispectral payload, you can detect issues even in the early stages of plant development. 

Moreover, Altum-PT comes with a global shutter that eliminates distortions on any platform, several APIs to support different processing platforms, and CFexpress removable storage that allows two captures per second for maximum speed and shortest turnaround time.



Crop Irrigation Scheduling

It is important to consider the timing, frequency, and duration of irrigation in production agriculture since they directly affect the health of crops. Irrigation managers benefit from thermal imagery from Altum-PT by determining the best watering schedule and amount of water to use.

Detecting Disease, Pest and Nutrient Deficiencies

Multispectral images provided by Altum-PT can help users identify problems that affect a plant canopy's physiology. It is common for diseases, insects, and nutrient imbalances to cause physiological damage before symptoms appear in RGB images. These issues can be detected earlier using multispectral indices and composites of pan-sharpened data.

Efficient Plant Phenotyping

It is time-consuming to manually measure plant characteristics. The Altum-PT allows researchers to collect more data faster, making it easier to understand the effects of growing conditions on different traits.

Fruit Yield Estimation

Fruit yield estimates are usually done using time-consuming and costly methods, such as counting fruit by hand or using time series analysis. The Altum-PT incorporates high-resolution RGB, multispectral, and thermal imagery to provide more accurate yield predictions through algorithm-based fruit counting and temperature analysis.

Water Stress Prediction

The canopy temperature is a good indicator of plant stress. With the Altum-PT thermal imager, farmers can monitor plant physiological status and detect subtle changes in canopy temperature, which could indicate water stress.

Managing Water Pressure And Clogs In Irrigation Systems

Water, through its cooling effect on the ground and vegetation, helps Altum-PT's thermal imaging system locate irrigation system clogs and leaks. If a field is over irrigated, it will appear cooler than the rest. A field that does not receive irrigation will, on the other hand, experience a higher temperature.

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MicaSense Altum-PT Specifications

Specification Details
External Power 7.0 V - 25.2 V
Power Input 5.5/7.0/10W (standby, average, peak)
Sensor Resolution 2064 x 1544 (3.2MP per MS band)
4112 x 3008 (12MP per PAN band)
320 x 256 thermal infrared
Spectral Bands Blue 475(32), Green 560(27), Red 668(14),
Red Edge 717(12), NIR 842(57)
RGB Color Output 12.4 MP (global shutter, aligned with all bands)
Thermal FLIR LWIR thermal infrared 7.5-13.5um radiometrically calibrated
Multispec GSD (per multispec band) 5.28cm per pixel at 120m
Thermal GSD 33.5cm per pixel at 120m
Panchro & Pansharpened GSD 2.49cm per pixel at 120m
Capture Rate 2 capture per second raw DNG
Interfaces 3 configurable GPIO: select from trigger input, PPS input, PPS output, and top of frame signals.
Host virtual button. USB 2.0 port for WiFi. Serial. 10/100/1000 Ethernet. CFexpress for storage
Field of View 50 Degree HFOV x 38 Degree VFOV (multispectral)
46 Degree HFOV x 35 Degree VFOV (panchromatic)
48o x 39o (thermal)
Storage CFexpress Card
Dimensions 4.3 x 3.1 x 2.7" (11.0 x 8.0 x 6.9cm)
Weight Altum-PT + DLS2: 16.2 oz (460g)

  • 1x Altum-PT sensor
  • 1x DLS 2 with embedded GPS
  • 1x CRP 2 (Calibrated Reflectance Panel)
  • 1x USB WiFi dongle
  • 1x Lens Cover
  • 1x Integration cables
  • 1x Mounting hardware
  • 1x CFexpress card
  • 1x Hard carrying case
  • 1x Quick Start Guide

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