In the context of GreenWaterDrone research program, “Development and implementation of an innovative and economic system, for the precise & dynamic planning of irrigation and crop monitoring” several successful test flights were carried out on 18 and 19 June 2019, using two aerial drones (UAV) over the project's experimental fields, in the area of Triphylia. The first drone (a fixed-wing UAV) was used for photogrammetry measurements and is carrying a multispectral camera (visible spectrum camera). The second drone (an M200 class model multi-copter) performed three flights. During the first flight, a thermal camera (nearIR & RedEdge) was used while in the second one, a thermal camera (Zenmuse XT2). In the last flight it carried a prototype micro-meteorological station (AirMeteoSys - AirMS), which was developed and integrated by the company Altus LSA and the Agricultural University of Athens (Agricultural Hydraulic Laboratory), both partners of the GreenWaterDrone project.
The AirMS consists of a system of direct reading and recording of the spatial data of the foliar temperature of the crop (infrared temperature meter), temperature and relative humidity, as well as an accurate position sensor. The data are evaluated and compared to ground stations' readings.Press Release in greek