Need a commercial-grade imaging drone that lets you have a bird’s eye-view of your massive yard, capturing data like weed locations, plant health et cetera? Well then, the Sentera 2019 PHX Fixed-wing Drone might just be the right candidate for the job – thanks to the new Sentera Double 4K sensor. Sentera has announced the release of its hand-launched fixed-wing drone, PHX, with several major updates. The updated PHX boasts an upgraded, high-capacity battery, longer range high-speed datalink, and an omnidirectional antenna system, to reach out farther and for a longer time per mission run. Here are the details of the updates:
• Extended Range: Even with a small omnidirectional antenna, PHX operates at ranges of up to two miles with live HD video, and even further in telemetry-only modes. No antenna “aiming” is required.
• Faster Setup: A 3X smaller, lightweight ground communications box and simplified pre-flight checklist enables users to go from setup to launch even faster.
• Expanded Payload Options: The 2019 PHX accepts the newest versions of Sentera Double 4K sensors, allowing you to capture more crop health data and gain deeper insights. Centimeter-accurate RTK GPS is available for all PHX Double 4K-based sensor payloads.
• Immediate, precise analytics: Custom payload options allow users to perform stand count, weed detection, and plant health analytics. PHX is the only fixed wing drone that maps stand counts and weed locations early in the growing season when action matters. Sentera’s FieldAgent™ data analytics software allows PHX users to create accurate maps and make decisions at the field edge without an internet connection.
Sentera 2019 PHX Fixed-wing Drone with complete PHX Ag scouting systems, which include sensor, batteries, hard case and basically everything that needed to fly, is available now with a starting price of $8,499. Clearly, this isn’t for consumers, but if you are a Scrooge McDuckian who swims in vault of cash, nobody’s going to stop you from picking one up.