Airplanes & Drones

Data collection and processing for projects of any type, and any size.

Airplanes

We use single-engine aircraft with low operational costs which allow us to collect over 40,000 acres a hour at a resolution of 12 inches per pixel. To collect data using an airplane all you need is our Guidance software, camera mount, and a camera. You can also use third party setups to collect imagery as long as it produces the same meta data. 

Drones

When flying smaller projects drones can be used. Depending on the drone, you can collect data with a sub-inch resolution to produce orthomosaics that can show the smallest of details. Most drone types are supported, including multirotor DJI drones and RoboFlight’s RF70 fixed wing drone.

Advantages over satellite

Satellite data is a common source for aerial imagery but is limited by cloud coverage and availability.

Availability

Satellite data is not on-demand. You are limited to a scheduled where the satellite is overhead. Such imagery could be up to 30 days old.

Our imagery is on demand. We are only limited by flying conditions. 

Cloud Coverage

Satellites cannot see though clouds, making them ineffective in areas with varying weather.

Using small airplanes we can fly underneath the 1500 feet cloud ceiling. 

Resolution

Commercial satellites are limited to a resolution of 12 inches per pixel, and this imagery is priced at a premium. 

Using low cost aircraft and equipment we can achieve resolutions under 6 inches per pixel. 

sample scenario

Tropical Storm Colin, Florida, June 2016

Tropical storm Colin caused large scale flooding in the south east United States. For tropical storms like this satellite imagery is incapable in assessing the damage caused. Additionally, because clouds can linger after the storm has dissipated, it can be days before satellites can take any usable imagery. These limitations do not effect RoboFlight’s ability to fly, collect, and process data.

Doppler Image showing rainfall

RGB image of clouds

RoboFlight's Solution

Once the storm began to slow down we took off and flew under the 1500 feet cloud ceiling. The images we gathered created an orthomosaic that insurance companies used to start filing out claims, before some people even knew that their homes were damaged.

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