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MicaSense RedEdge-MX Multispectral Sensor

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MicaSense RedEdge-MX Multispectral Sensor

The RedEdge-MX is a rugged, built-to-last, professional multispectral sensor, now with a metallic enclosure for extreme durability. It captures the spectral bands required for basic crop health indexes and additional bands needed for advanced analytics.

Key Features

CALIBRATED NARROW BANDS

Five narrow high resolution (8 cm/pixel at 400 ft) spectral bands captured during one flight. Calibrated for precise, repeatable measurements.

RUGGED AND DURABLE

New aluminum body for better durability and performance in higher temperatures. Global shutter imagers - no gimbal required and no moving parts.

FULL FLEXIBILITY

Compact size allows for integration with a wide variety of drones. Full access to raw data; outputs can be generated using a wide variety of processing and analysis platforms.


The Industry Standard Multispectral Sensor

Providing a comprehensive view into crop health

PHENOTYPING

Manually measuring plant characteristics is time-consuming. RedEdge-MX captures more data in less time, allowing researchers to understand how different breeds react to certain environments and modify desirable traits in order to improve yield.

SPECIES DIFFERENTIATION

Some differences among species may not be visible to the naked eye. High-quality multispectral data allows for species differentiation by highlighting characteristics such as chlorophyll content, vigor, and leaf size.

CROP HEALTH MAPPING

Low chlorophyll content is often an early indicator of plant stress. RedEdge-MX captures both visible and invisible spectral bands. From the different bands, it is possible to generate indices to see individual chlorophyll levels in the plants and compare over time.

WEED DETECTION

Analytics developed with multispectral data can identify and highlight weeds, as weeds may have a different spectral signature than the planted crop.

WATER MANAGMENT

RedEdge-MX can provide powerful insights into water management. For example, color composites using the NIR band (like CIR) can help users identify overly damp areas. In addition, areas that are benefiting from excess irrigation will be highlighted.

ADVANCED CROP SCOUTING

High-quality multispectral imagery provides advanced field scouting capabilities. In one flight, it is possible to collect accurate and geotagged information of a problem, making easy to assess the situation and determine the appropriate intervention.

FERTILIZER MANAGMENT

RedEdge-MX not only allows for easy identification of areas low in nutrients but also help monitor the effects of fertilizer applications throughout the season and determine if, when, and where a new application is needed.

TERRIAN MODELING

One of the advantages of a calibrated multispectral sensor is the generation of aligned outputs, which can be used to create digital surface models (DSM). A DSM provides insights into water management, land uses and terrain elevation.

DISEASE IDENTIFICATION

RedEdge-MX captures a critical part of the light spectrum for studying plants (712–722 nm), called the red edge band. It is in this section of the spectrum that the first signs of stress start to show. Using analytics generated with the red edge band, growers can identify disease sooner and act faster to stop the spread.

LEAK SCOUTING

By measuring the reflectance on the red edge band, RedEdge allows the detection of irrigation leaks. The reflectance of the plants located in the areas with excessive irrigation varies from the rest of the field, oftentimes appearing healthier and showing high NDRE values.

MicaSense RedEdge-MX Multispectral Sensor

Fly. Process. Analyze.

Calibrated Multispectral Imagery

RedEdge-MX is one of the most flexible solutions on the market, with optimized GSD (resolution), the new DLS 2 light sensor, a global shutter for distortion-free images, the ability to generate plant health indexes and RGB (color) images from one flight, and the freedom of platform-agnostic data. All in a compact size and low weight that allow it to be used with a wide variety of unmanned aircraft systems.

MicaSense Increases Data Accuracy and Repeatability

You know the benefits of forecasting and data precision. We have a focus on accuracy and repeatability in our data and analysis, so that you can trust the data we help you gather. Take a look at our blog to see multiple case studies that can show you how we do it and how it can help your business.

RedEdge-MX Sensor Specifications

Weight

231.9 g (8.18 oz.)
(includes DLS 2 and cables)

Dimensions

8.7cm x 5.9cm x 4.54cm
(3.4in x 2.3in x 1.8in)

External Power

4.2 V DC - 15.8 V DC
4 W nominal, 8 W peak

Spectral Bands

Blue, green, red, red edge, near-IR
(global shutter, narrowband)

Wavelength (nm)

Blue (475 nm center, 32 nm bandwidth),
green (560 nm center, 27 nm bandwidth),
red (668 nm center, 14 nm bandwidth),
red edge (717 nm center, 12 nm bandwidth),
near-IR (842 nm center, 57 nm bandwidth)

RGB Color Output

Global shutter, aligned with all bands

Ground Sample Distance (GSD)

8 cm per pixel (per band) at 120 m (~400 ft) AGL

Capture Rate

1 capture per second (all bands), 12-bit RAW

Interfaces

Serial, 10/100/1000 ethernet, removable Wi-Fi, external trigger, GPS, SDHC

Field of View

47.2° HFOV

Triggering Options

Timer mode, overlap mode, external trigger mode (PWM, GPIO, serial, and Ethernet options), manual capture mode

RedEdge-MX Sensor Kit Details

Standard Kit
RedEdge-MX Kit Includes:

RedEdge-MX Sensor

DLS 2 with Embedded GPS

Lens Cover

SD Card

Calibrated Reflectance Panel (CRP)

Cables and Mounting Screws

Hard Carrying Case

Quick Start Guide

DJI Skyport Kit
RedEdge-MX Kit Includes:

RedEdge-MX Sensor

DLS 2 with Embedded GPS

Lens Cover

SkyPort Adapter

SD Card

Calibrated Reflectance Panel (CRP)

Cables and Mounting Screws

Hard Carrying Case

Quick Start Guide

Download RedEdge-MX Specifications and Data Sheet

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