Hardware

MicaSense & Drone Setup and Calibration (Pre-Flight)

  1. Power, connect and calibrate your MicaSense. To connect to your MicaSense, go to the mobile device/tablet's WI-FI and connect to the 'redegeXXXX' in the WI-FI list. (Password: micasense)
  2. Once the MicaSense is connected to the WI-FI, go to the web browser and type in the IP address 192.168.10.254, go to the settings tab (gear icon), and then in basic configurations change the recommended parameters as shown on the left.
  3. Set the MicaSense altitude to your DJI flight altitude (80 - 120m). It is important that the MicaSense and DJI altitude match to prevent loss of storage space and overlap. We find setting the RedEdge target altitude to 10m below the intended flight altitude works well to eliminate the potential of images being missed. RedEdge MX seems to be susceptible to this while the RedEdge M hasn’t had this issue from our experience.
  4. MicaSense overlap must be 75%.
  5. Click 'Save'. 


6. Next go to 'Advanced Configurations' and switch off Sensor 1 And Sensor 2. You only need to fly with bands 3, 4, and 5 - Red, Near Infrared, and Red-Edge.

7. Next go to 'Advanced Configurations' and switch off Sensor 1 And Sensor 2. You only need to fly with bands 3, 4, and 5 - Red, Near Infrared, and Red-Edge. 

8. Click 'Save'.

9. DLS Calibration - Go to the DLS Calibration tab and carry out the calibration. You will have instructions to follow. This only needs to be done once per area per day. More than that is unnecessary.

10. Drone Calibration -  Calibrate the DJI Phantom compass using the DJI Go 4 App. This only needs to be done once per area per day. More than that is unnecessary.

11. Make sure to reset DJI camera settings to default.

12. Make sure obstacle avoidance is switched off.

Once the setup and calibration is complete

  1. Power up the Remote.
  2. Power up the Drone.
  3. Plan the mission in the Aeroview Flight Planner App for DJI.
  4. Power up the Micasense, and wait for the LED on the front to flash green.
  5. Wait for 2 minutes for the drone to initialize and acquire GPS lock.

Before takeoff

  • Take a picture of the calibration panel placed on the ground using the MicaSense trigger button (sun to your back, 1m above ground, and no shadows on the panel).
  • Start the mission using the Aeroview Flight Planner App (MicaSense triggers automatically 50m before flight altitude).

After landing

  • Take a picture of the calibration panel once more before disconnecting the battery (same procedure as the first calibration; the first image was captured pre-flight).

Post Flight Mapping coverage checks: 

Checking the coverage of orchard mapping flights before leaving a farm is an important post-flight check for our Drone Partners to ensure that the data collected is of good quality to be processed and present to our customers. 

Here is a useful feature that the MicaSense app has to offer to check the coverage flown and whether there is possibly any missing imagery that can be recaptured before leaving the farm. Bonus: And it doesn't require internet access! Here's how it works: 

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3
Connect to the MicaSense IP address, and make sure the memory is inserted. Go to the MicaSense Map estimator tab, scroll down, and select the flight/data set you want to check, and click next.  Select the AGL/flight height that was flown and then click next, it will generate a coverage map using the data you have collected.


Recommended battery setup for a full day of flying

  • 6 X DJI Phantom batteries
  • 2 X MicaSense batteries
  • 2 X Dji Chargers
  • 1 X MicaSense Charger
  • 1 X 500w Inverter
  • 1 X Power Bank 10000mah +-

Recommended SD cards

Drone Tutorial Videos

A series of drone tutorial videos relating to hardware:

  • Chapter 1: P4P & MicaSense Integration
  • Chapter 2: MicaSense Setup & Calibration
  • Chapter 3: DJI Setup & Calibration

Chapter 1: P4P & MicaSense Integration

Chapter 2: MicaSense Setup & Calibration

Chapter 3: DJI Setup & Calibration