project specification

eBee Classic

The vehicle has an ultra-light shock-absorbent construction and weighs 700g, minimising its impact energy. It features a safety-conscious rear-facing propeller and an autopilot, which manages a range of failsafe behaviours. The eBee can cover up to 12 km2 (4.6 mi2) in a single automated flight, while flights over smaller areas, flown at lower altitudes, can acquire images with a ground sampling distance (GSD) of down to 1.5 cm (0.6 in) per pixel.

Specifications

Wingspan96 cm
Weight (inc. supplied camera & battery)Approx. 0.69 kg
MotorLow-noise, brushless, electric
Radio link range3 km nominal (up to 8 km)
Detachable wingsYes
Camera senseFly S.O.D.A. (20MP)
Cameras (optionalSequoia, thermoMAP, S110 NIR/RE
Software
Flight planning & control software (supplied)eMotion
Image processing software (optional)Pix4Dmapper Pro
Operation
Automatic 3D flight planningYes
Cruise speed40-90 km/h (11-25 m/s or 25-56 mph)
Wind resistance45 km/h (12 m/s or 28 mph)
Maximum flight time50 minutes
Maximum coverage (single flight)12 km2
Automatic landingLinear landing with ~ 5 m accuracy
Multi-drone operationYes
Ground control points (GCPs) Optional
Oblique imagery0 to -50 °

Overview

The eBee can cover up to 12 km2 (4.6 mi2) in a single automated flight, while flights over smaller areas, flown at lower altitudes, can acquire images with a ground sampling distance (GSD) of down to 1.5 cm (0.6 in) per pixel.

The eBee enables flight planning and management through it's eMotion software. The user chooses or creates a preferred background map. Then uses this to define the region they want to map. The desired ground resolution is specified (down to 1.5 cm / 0.6 inches per pixel) and the required image overlap is set. eMotion automatically generates a full flight plan, based on GPS waypoints, calculates the eBee’s required altitude and displays its projected trajectory. eMotion offers a confidence-building simulation mode. This virtual flight simulates wind strength and direction, allowing the user to make any flight plan enhancements needed before launch.

The eBee’s eMotion software displays the aircraft’s key flight parameters, its battery level and its image acquisition progress, in real time, while the artificial intelligence inside the eBee Ag’s autopilot continuously analyses onboard IMU and GPS data to control and optimise every aspect of the drone’s flight.  

References

Describes the product, specifications, flight planning, operation, mapping, and cameras.

https://www.sensefly.com

Wevolver 2022