Let’s face the facts, drone technology is here and it is growing faster than ever. What once used to be used for military applications is now in the hands of professionals paving the way for new and undeveloped territory. UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) are used in all sorts of applications from creating the perfect shot for a video to scanning the subtleties of farmland to detect crop stresses, fungus, or other harmful characteristics. Drones are a new way to explore areas that would have otherwise required a plane at very low altitude to see not to mention the cost of hiring a plane to do this would be tremendous.
So why is this important?
Simple. The way we view things from normal eye-level is changing. With this technology, we have the ability to see things from a different angle or point of view.
With all this technology in mind comes great responsibility. Under the FAA’s part 107 rule sUAS operators are legally licensed to fly for commercial purposes. This is required for an individual looking to use a drone for some sort of monetary gain. The FAA takes airspace very seriously so we as remote pilots have to abide by their rules.
Videography is a tool used to captivate audiences and drive them to a certain goal or call to action. This is just one of many tools Feed the Giant uses in it’s goal to create a meaningful experience for the viewer. Drone video itself provides a view from areas that we haven’t seen before. This particular video was used to show the audience the importance of Wastewater and how it affects our everyday lives. More of my videos, all not necessarily pertain to production. Some are just to inform.
Orthomosaic mapping is similar to the regular mapping grid that you would see on web based maps. In this situation I take more detailed images of these maps and overlap them together and stitch the pieces together to create a mosaic of the land. This is the first step in determining the health of plants. It also helps us identify any problem areas in a large field quickly and precisely. For example this here is an orthomosaic map.
Orthomosaic Mapping to VARI Map
VARI (Visible Atmospherically Resistant Index) Maps like the one shown below show plant health variables. Red areas are need attention while the green areas are good crop during the season. These maps are taken periodically during the crop year to best determine how the crops are performing to get the best yield possible. Using these reports are large acreage we can determine if areas need more or less chemicals.