Whether you use a fixed wing or a quadcopter to survey your fields, the process of gathering useful data consists of 4 basic steps:
1. Plan Your Flight
Many of the latest agricultural drones come with flight planning software that lets you to draw a box around the field you want to survey (on a Google Earth map or similar), and a flight plan will be created for you automatically. Some even plan the camera shots for you, automatically. You then upload the flight path into your drone and get ready to fly.
2. Fly and Shoot
With your flight plan loaded and drone armed, it’s time to start flying – and shooting images. Basically, you just send the drone on its way and the system will automatically take images using the onboard camera and sensors as the drone executes its flight path. The drone will use GPS location to trigger each shot. After finishing its run, the drone lands automatically (usually all goes well).
3. Process Images