MicaSense Altum

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  • Simultaneous capture of 5 discrete bands + thermal
  • High-resolution multispectral images
  • 2.5x higher resolution than RedEdge-M
  • Brand-new DLS 2 for unparalleled calibration accuracy
  • Radiometric spectral and thermal imagers
  • Available with or without DJI PSDK compatibility
  • Rugged design with no moving parts

MicaSense Altum: A 3-in-1 solution for unparalleled sensing in a compact package

When it comes to multispectral imagery for agricultural applications, the MicaSense Altum is the ultimate solution in terms of accuracy, flexibility and power - all in a small, lightweight package ideal for aerial use. The sensor captures images in 6 bands: red, green, blue, red edge, near infrared, and thermal. The capture of these images occurs at the same moment, and this synchronization makes the data easier to align and use for advanced analytics. 

Images are captured with five high-resolution lenses, so you can get the level of detail you need on plant health, and create detailed Digital Surface Models, even from 400 ft, increasing flight time efficiency. High resolution also equates to more accurate digital surface model and easier stitching at lower altitudes. And a fast capture rate allows you to fly faster and at lower altitudes without compromising on amount or quality of data. High-resolution imagery can be used to capture data on plant health, phenotype, water stress and soil health, all in one flight. 

With open API’s, as well as multiple interface options, the Altum is ready to work with quite a wide variety of drones from different manufacturers. For plug and play integration right out of the box, Altum is available with DJI Skyport, and ready for integration with DJI drones such as the Matrice 200 series. Planning your flights and configuring your camera is also made simple through programs such as Atlas Flight, Pix4Dcapture, or the DJI Go app.

Data Processing
The outputs are always completely your own - the Altum produces standard 16 bit Tiff files that are easily compatible with a variety of processing programs. With images in hand, it’s easy to process for usable data with software programs like Pix4Dmapper, Agisoft PhotoScan or others. You can also create your own maps or customized data analytics platforms for analyzing your images. 

The DLS 2 light sensor onboard the Altum utilized cutting edge technology for irradiance and sun angle measurements, ensuring your data is highly calibrated for enhanced accuracy and reliability. The improved radiometric accuracy also reduces post-processing time, so you get the data you need in hand faster.

New Features in RED

  • Simultaneous capture of five discrete spectral bands and thermal images
  • Aligned thermal and multispectral imagery means advanced analytics are simpler to create
  • High image resolution on multispectral images enabling high-resolution applications
  • Unlimited USB storage to accommodate larger, higher resolution projects
  • Option for Ethernet, serial, or USB 3.0 connectivity with host aircraft for full configuration, status, and control of the camera
  • Combined Downwelling Light Sensor and GPS for streamlined integration, accurate ambient light calibration
  • Radiometrically calibrated spectral and thermal imagers for precise, repeatable measurements
  • Embedded mounting points for easy integration with larger drones
  • Standalone operation, with optional external trigger and data from host aircraft
  • Standard 16 bit TIFF file outputs with embedded metadata for full access to raw data
  • Global shutter design for distortion-free results on every platform
  • Rugged design with no moving parts
  • Intuitive web-based interface accessed from any Wi-Fi–capable device
  • Removable Wi-Fi attachments for manual control over Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Compatible with DJI PSDK enabled drones (with mounting kit)

  • Weight:
  • Altum + DLS 2: 406.5 g (14.34 oz)
  • Altum: 357 g (12.6 oz)
  • DLS2: 49 g (1.73 oz)
  • Wi-Fi Adapter: 2 g (0.07 oz)
  • USB stick: 9 g (0.32 oz)
  • Dimensions:8.2 cm x 6.7 cm x 6.45 cm (3.2 in x 2.6 in x 2.5 in)
  • External Power: 4.9-25.2V
  • Power Input: 5.5/7.0/10W (standby, average, peak)
  • Spectral Bands EO: Blue, green, red, red edge, near infrared (NIR)
  • Spectral Bands LWIR: thermal infrared 8-14um
  • Sensor Resolution: 2064 x 1544 (3.2 MP per EO band)160 x 120 thermal infrared
  • Ground Sample Distance (GSD): 5.2 cm per pixel (per EO band) at 120 m (~400 ft) AGL81cm per pixel (thermal) at 120m
  • Capture Rate: 1 capture per second1 (all bands), 12-bit RAW
  • Interfaces
  • Aircraft: Trigger input, top of frame out, 1 PPS out. 3.3V isolated IO
  • 2x USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports for WiFi or Ethernet and USB 3.0 Storage
  • Field of View: 48º x 37º (multispectral)57º x 44º (thermal)StorageUSB 3.0 compatible storage devices

Micasense Altum Lens and Imager Specs

  • Altum Sensor
  • DLS 2 light sensor
  • Calibrated Reflectance Panel
  • Necessary integration cables
  • USB storage drive
  • Lens cover
  • Reusable carrying case with removable foam inserts

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