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Can (and how) do we use the micasense Rededge camera with the mapsmadeeasy app?

E. Frederiks

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Map Pilot will not take off without being able to communicate with a known camera. Drones Made Easy will be offering a solution for flying the Parrot Sequoia camera with Map Pilot very soon. The Sequoia is a cheaper and better NDVI camera that is similar to the Micasense.

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So this means the Micasense Rededge will not be supported in the near future?

We already have the Micasense Rededge but not for NDVI mapping (which is actually a quite blunt way of representing Near-Infra-Red data) but for non-linear-histogram-equalisation. But let's not start that discussion ;)

So we should look out for a different mapping-tool right?

 

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Hi, Will the Sequoia camera be able to be attached to the DJI Phantom 3 Pro ?

DAVE BEHR 0 votes
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We do not plan on supporting the RedEdge. The Sequoia is cheaper, better and smaller. It takes a lot of work to properly integrate a camera so we are putting our effort into the best option.

There will allegedly be mounting kits for the Phantom 3 and Sequoia but we tested as system like that and it doesn't work very well. Despite the Sequoia's individual sensors having global shutters the RGB sensor is still a rolling shutter and is required to have gimbal stabilization to be useful.

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Hi, If i understood well, the Sequoia Camera size is exactly the same as a gopro 3 or 4. Which means it will fit on a gimbal made for Gopro. My question is:

- Could we be flying a Phantom 2 + stabilised Sequoia on gimbal, then a mission with an app like the Ground Station. Will Maps Made Easy be processing the images the same way as the Phantom 3?

Thanks,

Rob

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The Sequoia does indeed fit in the H4-3D gimbals for the Phantom 2 but the power requirements for the Sequoia are crazy and the cables don't line up.

If you power the camera directly off the battery it will work but then the cable is too stiff for the gimbal to overcome.

We have made a flat flex cable for use with our Agronaut system and it works well.

If you can figure out some way to use the old ground station setup and get good overlap you will still have to process the data into a single NDVI image which is doable (we do it on the Agronaut computer) but not easy.

Whatever you do: MAKE SURE YOU TURN THE CAMERA WIFI OFF BEFORE FLYING!!!

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Thanks Ryan. I have more questions then :)

Can your flat flex cable be purchased alone ? ;D 

So you mean MME does not process the NDVI images from Sequoia? Or we will need to sync and write metadata onto the files before to add it to MME?

Turning off the wifi? Sounds like a bad experience you had :/ 

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Bumping this thread.

Is it still the case that the RedEdge will not be supported? What about a way to add custom camera parameters if we want to fly a RedEdge simultaneously with a recognized camera (e.g., the X3)?

I understand your point below about it being a lot of work to properly integrate a camera. You say the Sequoia is a better camera, but I was convinced otherwise (rightly or wrongly) and I know some folks have the RedEdge from before the Sequoia came out.

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Also bumping this post.

Recently bought the Business app v2.8.4 and am excited for use with DJI P4, but also would like to use Terrain Awareness for flying a MicaSense RedEdge.

Can we use Settings --> Model --> Custom Camera parameters to allow use with a MicaSense RedEdge? I assume this would calculate GSD, overlap etc.  We don't care if the capture locations aren't shown or even triggered, since we could run trigger based on time (e.g. 1/sec) or distance traveled (based on the sensor's GPS).

The role of the Map Pilot app is just to hang the sensor in the air where we need it to be...

Or does this flexibility already exist? If so, could you point me to the documentation?

Will Anderson 0 votes
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