Session
Title: UAS: What you need to know
Date: Wed Aug 3, 2016
Time: 1:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Moderator: Ignacio Ciampitti
UAS: Platforms - Picking the Right Platform for the Right Application

There are four resolutions associated with the sensors on each platform, and a proper understanding of these resolutions is needed before the best tool for the job can be correctly selected. During this presentation, an overview of strengths and limitations of drones, to piloted aircraft, to satellite sensors will be discussed.  Using the correct sensor for the job will impact the economic value of the derived products and the success in addressing the producer’s needs.  Used properly, remotely sensed data can address many of the producer’s crop management and marketing needs.

Kevin Price (speaker)
Executive Vice President of Research and Product Development
AgPixel, LLC
Johnston, IA 50131
US
Dr. Price grew up in a small town in the deserts of Utah where he worked on his grandfather's ranch raising alfalfa. He has BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in plant biology and was a professor for 27 years starting at Utah State University, then University of Kansas and retired from Agronomy at Kansas State University where he taught for 5 years. He is currently the Executive Vice President of Research for AgPixel with an office in Des Moines, Iowa area. and is an invited speaker at conferences around the world on the subject of drone applications in agriculture.
Length (approx): 40 min
 
Advances in Low Altitude Aerial Remote Sensing for Agricultural Applications

While satellite and aircraft measurements of agricultural crops have been in use for many years, low altitude, slow flying drone systems offer an economic vantage point for entirely new classes of information to be created.  Recent advances in sensor systems and analytics that are now delivering these new types of higher value information will be discussed.

Mike Ritter (speaker)
CEO & Co-Founder
SLANTRANGE
Michael is currently the CEO and co-founder of SLANTRANGE, Inc., which provides new layers of crop health information to farmers and agronomists with its airborne remote sensing systems and analytics tools. Since 1996, Mike has been developing airborne intelligence systems for applications in the earth sciences, defense, and agronomy fields. As the Director of Electro-Optic Systems and Manager of Mission Systems at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, he oversaw the development of intelligence payloads for a number of unmanned military aircraft including the Predator, Reaper, Gray Eagle, and Avenger drones. Mike has a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Length (approx): 40 min
 
Real Data, Real Results

The foundation of science is data. With real data, you are able to make decisions based on facts and obtain real results that benefit your crops, and ultimately your revenue. This real data comes from having the right tools for the job. These tools are purpose built: specifically engineered multispectral cameras and the leading drone image processing software, Pix4Dmapper.

Using drones and other aircraft to collect data, Pix4D puts together your multispectral crop images, making custom radiometric maps, with optional GIS and variable-rate application areas can be created. This enables you to see problem areas, that may not be visible with the naked eye, and take early action.

Paul Spaur (speaker)
Pix4D
Paul Spaur works in Technical Sales with Pix4D, the leading drone mapping software. Paul has a background in biology and has 15 years of experience working with unmanned systems. Previously, he managed a research laboratory at California State University Channel Islands, which focused on the use of drones in environmental applications. Though this laboratory, he has mapped agricultural fields and coastal zones in California, and on several Pacific Islands.
Length (approx): 40 min