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MicaSense AgEagle Altum Synchronized Thermal & Multispectral Sensor

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MicaSense Altum Synchronized Thermal & Multispectral Sensor

Integrates a radiometric thermal camera with five high-resolution narrow bands, producing advanced thermal, multispectral and high-resolution imagery in one flight for advanced analytics.

Key Features


Capture aligned multispectral and thermal imagery in one flight using only one sensor.


Improved resolution means more accurate digital surface models, easier stitching at lower altitudes, and better plant classification and plant counting.


Five high-resolution lenses mean you get detailed plant health imagery (5.2 cm GSD) and detailed Digital Surface Models all from 400 ft.

Twice The Resolution of Other Sensors

Providing a comprehensive view into crop health


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


Altum captures high-resolution imagery that specialized software and algorithms can use to classify plants in a given field by size, species, and canopy closure.


Altum captures visible and invisible spectral bands, as well as thermal imagery. From the different bands, it is possible to generate indices to detect early signs of crop stress and compare over time. Thermal imagery also provides valuable insights into plant health, since sick plants decrease transpiration and that is reflected into slight temperature changes.


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.


Altum thermal imagery can provide powerful insights into water management, helping identify overspray or missed areas by the difference in crop and soil temperature.


High-resolution multispectral data can feed algorithms information for plant counting, saving farmers hours, and making yield predictions more accurate.


Altum's thermal imagery can help on the identification of irrigation leaks since water has a cooling effect on the vegetation. Areas with excessive irrigation will appear noticeable cooler than the rest of the field.


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


Altum 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.


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.


By collecting both multispectral and thermal imagery, Altum can identify diseases before symptoms are visible since the early signs of disease are first apparent in the red edge band and can result in small temperature changes.


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.

MicaSense Altum Radiometric Thermal Camera

Fly. Process. Analyze

Synchronized Thermal and Multispectral Imagery

The MicaSense Altum captures six bands - red, green, blue, red edge, near-infrared and thermal. The capture of these bands happens at the same moment, making the data easier to align and use for analytics. Also, because there are six bands, data from Altum can be used to create anything from NDVI to digital surface models to thermal heat maps.

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.

Altum Sensor Specifications


Altum + DLS 2: 406.5 g (14.34 oz),
Altum: 357 g (12.6 oz),
DLS2: 49 g (1.73 oz),
Wi-Fi Adapter: 2 g (0.07 oz),
USB stick: 9 g (0.32 oz)


8.2 cm x 6.7 cm x 6.45 cm (3.2 in x 2.6 in x 2.5 in)

External Power

4.9 - 25.2 V

Power Input

5.5/7.0/10W (standby, average, peak)

Spectral Bands

Blue, green, red, red edge, near infrared (NIR)

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

High-resolution, global shutter, aligned with all bands


LWIR thermal infrared 8-14um. Radiometrically calibrated

Sensor Resolution

2064 x 1544 (3.2 MP per EO band) at 120m (400ft) AGL 81cm per pixel (thermal) at 120m

Ground Sample Distance (GSD):

5.2 cm per pixel (per EO band) at 120 m (~400 ft) AGL
81 cm per pixel (thermal) at 120 m

Capture Rate

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


Aircraft: Trigger input, top of frame out, 1 PPS out. 3.3V isolated IO
2x USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports for WiFi or Ethernet and USB 3.0 Storage

Field of View

48° x 37° (multispectral)
57° x 44° (thermal)

Focal Length

8 mm (multispectral)
1.77 mm (thermal)


USB 3.0 compatible storage devices

Altum Sensor Kit Details

Standard Kit
Altum Kit Includes:

Altum Sensor

DLS 2 with Embedded GPS

Lens Cover

External Storage Device (USB 3.0 - 128 GB)

Calibrated Reflectance Panel (CRP)

Cables and Mounting Screws

Hard Carrying Case

Quick Start Guide

DJI Skyport Kit
Altum Kit Includes:

Altum Sensor

DLS 2 with Embedded GPS

Lens Cover

SkyPort Adapter

External Storage Device (USB 3.0 - 128 GB)

Calibrated Reflectance Panel (CRP)

Cables and Mounting Screws

Hard Carrying Case

Quick Start Guide

Download Altum Specifications and Data Sheet

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