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Adaptation and Modification of Digital Imaging Systems for Remote Sensing

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  051016,  2005 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.19766) @2005
Authors:   Michael P. Sama, Timothy Stombaugh
Keywords:   Precision Agriculture, Remote Sensing, NIR, Digital Photography, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Image Processing

Whole field imagery techniques for remote sensing are costly and dependent on the availability of imaging resources. In order to provide a valuable alternative to satellite imagery, and aircraft surveillance, a new type of sensor is required. The foundation of this sensor will be developing a lightweight digital imaging system capable of obtaining high-resolution NIR images. The sensor must be small enough to be carried by conventional remote control aircraft. An ordinary digital camera was used as the foundation due to its small size and weight. In addition to changing the spectral response, the human interface has been bypassed to allow for external embedded control. The final result is a robust digital imaging tool with the ability to capture images in the NIR wavelengths.

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