eBee Ag – The precision agriculture drone

The eBee Ag is the only precision farming UAV you need. With its full drone-to-tractor workflow you can scout your crops, analyse plant health, create prescriptions and begin treatment all on the same day.

Reasons to choose the eBee

Simplicity

The eBee Ag sets the standard for easy operation. Just define the field or region you want to scout using its eMotion software and throw the eBee into the air. It flies, captures images and lands automatically—no piloting skills required!

Efficiency

Thanks to its fixed-wing design and carefully optimised cruising speed, the eBee Ag can photograph up to hundreds of acres/hectares of crop in a single flight—more coverage than multi-rotor platforms can achieve..

Trust

Thousands of eBee operators around the world have recorded a total of 220,000 successful flights to date. This reliability is made possible by the eBee’s lightweight yet durable construction and its cutting-edge onboard artificial intelligence. Backed by the highest quality global support.

Versatility

The eBee Ag features a full suite of camera options to suit every agricultural application—from NIR to RGB, red-edge, thermal and Sequoia’s groundbreaking multispectral performance.

The eBee Ag sets the standard for easy flight planning and management thanks to its acclaimed eMotion software.

Just import or create your preferred background map. Then use this to define the area you want to scout—one field, several fields, or a specific zone. Then simply specify your desired ground resolution (down to 1.5 cm / 0.6 inches per pixel), and set your required image overlap.
The rest is automatic: eMotion automatically generates a full flight plan, based on GPS waypoints, calculates the eBee’s required altitude and displays its projected trajectory.

To ensure your mission’s success, eMotion even offers a confidence-building simulation mode. This virtual flight simulates wind strength and direction, allowing you to make any flight plan enhancements needed before launch.

Nothing is easier to operate than the eBee Ag. Just shake the drone three times to start its motor, then throw it into the air—no catapult or additional accessories required! The eBee Ag’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. This proprietary autopilot also manages a wide range of intelligent failsafe behaviours, improving safety and security still further. Made a mistake with your planning? Reprogram the drone’s flight plan and landing zone mid-flight. Or in the case of any issue, tell it to immediately hold its position, return home or land.

Transforming the eBee’s imagery into actionable data is a simple, flexible process. Every image the drone captures is automatically encoded with the drone’s orientation, GPS location and other variables. These images can then be processed, depending on the camera used, to create either a full RGB orthomosaic or, if using an NIR, RE or multispectral camera, a full reflectance map, using professional image processing software or cloud-based services.
process. Every image the drone captures is automatically encoded with the drone’s orientation, GPS location and other variables. These images can then be processed, depending on the camera used, to create either a full RGB orthomosaic or, if using an NIR, RE or multispectral camera, a full reflectance map, using professional image processing software or cloud-based services. Next, use these same tools—such as Pix4Dmapper Ag or Drone Deploy—to apply your vegetation index algorithm of choice and create a full index map. This will form the core of your analysis, since it displays how different areas of a crop are developing, guiding your treatment decisions.

An eBee-derived index map—possibly combined with further groundtruthing, tissue sampling and/or soil sampling—provides the crop insight an operation needs to optimise its application of fertiliser, water and/or chemicals. So with this analysis complete, it’s time to act.
Data processing solutions such as Pix4Dmapper Ag can be used to turn this index map into a customised application map—simply input the values required to treat different regions of the field (above right). This application map can then be exported as a prescription file, compatible with most modern tractor monitors and farm management information systems. The result is a full drone-to-tractor workflow, in which highly accurate aerial data is used to create carefully tailored treatment plans on the ground.

Choose your camera

S110 NIR (supplied): This modified camera acquires green, red and near-infrared (NIR) band data. The latter is used by many vegetation indices, including NDVI/ SAVI, to assess leaf area and plant health.

S110 RE: This modified camera acquires Red-edge, Green and Blue band data. It can be used in conjunction with the S110 NIR to compute indices such as NDRE, for chlorophyll estimation.

S110 RGB: Acquires data in the visible spectrum (red, green and blue bands), providing useful visual imagery that can also be used to create topographic field maps and surface/elevation models.

thermoMAP: This calibrated camera captures thermal infrared video and still images, allowing you to create a crop water stress index (CWSI) to map water distribution or check irrigation.

Technical specifications

Hardware

Weight (inc. supplied camera)
Wingspan
Material
Propulsion
Battery
Camera (supplied)
Cameras (optional)
Carry case dimensions
Approx. 0.71 kg (1.56 lbs)
96 cm (38 in)
EPP foam, carbon structure & composite parts
Electric pusher propeller, 160 W brushless DC motor
11.1 V, 2150 mAh
WX (18.2 MP)
S110 RE, S110 RGB, multiSPEC 4C, Sequoia
55 x 45 x 25 cm (21.6 x 17.7 x 9.8 in)

Operation

Maximum flight time
Nominal cruise speed
Radio link range
Maximum coverage (single flight)
Wind resistance
Ground Sampling Distance (GSD)
Relative orthomosaic/3D model accuracy
Absolute horizontal/vertical accuracy (w/GCPs)
Absolute horizontal/vertical accuracy (no GCPs)
Multi-drone operation
Automatic 3D flight planning
Linear landing accuracy
45 minutes
40-90 km/h (11-25 m/s or 25-56 mph)
Up to 3 km (1.86 miles)
1,000 ha / 2,470 ac (at 974 m / 3,195 ft altitude AGL)
Up to 45 km/h (12m/s or 28 mph)
Down to 2 cm (0.79 in) per pixel
1-3x GSD
Down to 4 cm (1.5 in) / 7 cm (2.75 in)
1-5 m (3.3-16.4 ft)
Yes (inc. mid-air collision avoidance)
Yes
Approx. 5 m (16.4 ft)

Software

Flight planning & control (supplied)
Image processing (optional)
eMotion
Pix4Dmapper

Learning & Networking

Customer portal access
Operator network access
my.senseFly
Drone Connector

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