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.

4 reasons to choose the eBee Ag

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.

Plan

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.

Fly

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. 

Analyse

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. 

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. 

Act

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. 

New: Sequoia

This small, light, calibrated multispectral camera captures images across four spectral bands (near-infrared, red-edge, red & green), plus RGB imagery, in just one flight. This allows numerous indices to be computed, including (but not limited to) NDVI, MCARI, NDRE, CCCI, and CIRE, used in the assessment of plant cell structure and chlorophyll health. 

Sequoia’s upward-facing Sunshine sensor measures irradiance—the current light conditions—and automatically calibrates Sequoia’s multispectral sensors to ensure high quality data even on cloudy or hazy days. Sequoia is fully compatible with the eBee Ag (and other eBee platforms) via senseFly’s proprietary Integration Kit.

"There are a lot of $5,000 UAVs available, but they don't fly themselves so they're basically fancy remote controlled helicopters. With the senseFly eBee Ag you get a complete solution — take a couple minutes to plan a mission, launch it by hand (no catapults), and the eBee does the rest. It flies, takes images, figures out the wind and lands right where you want it to. There’s nothing more portable, powerful and easy to use."

Todd Golly
Partner, Golly Farms, United States

Todd Golly

"We use the eBee in central Alberta to monitor crops throughout the summer. We found the eBee to be especially useful in evaluating lodging damage in small grains crops and it was an amazingly accurate tool to evaluate spray drift from neighboring crops. A combination of flights using RGB and NIR photography seems to give us the best results. The imagery is importable into the software we use for doing variable rate prescriptions and helps to provide additional information that improves the accuracy of our zoning. The eBee is a very effective tool that is easy to use and gives you immediate results."

Wayne Spurrill, Agronomist
Battle River Implements

Wayne Spurrill, Agronomist

"The eBee Ag is our main tool for precision agriculture. We have found it a remarkable tool for identifying issues within crops before problems become too severe. When the results from the eBee Ag are coupled with targeted soil testing, exceptionally accurate prescriptions can be made. The eBee’s simplicity and quick results are what have made it so valuable to us."

James O’Neill, Director
Signpost Surveys, Ireland

James O’Neill, Director

Technical specifications

Hardware

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

Operation

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

Software

Learning & Networking