About the Drones we use…

The current drone’s of choice are the DJI Range.

Safety is paramount, with current drone technology improving rapidly you no longer need a large heavy drone to achieve professional results. Our main drone for inspection work is the DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise Thermal and the brand new Mavic 3 Pro with its three camera set up for videography work. this new generation of smaller Mavic 3 series drones are exceptionally powerful.

The Mavic 3 Enterprise Thermal – used for high quality inspection, mapping and Thermal imagery

Small enough to be discreet yet powerful enough to get the job done!

The Mavic 3T (Thermal) uses a 48MP RGB sensor and the same thermal imaging unit as the larger Matrice 30T (used by many forces) but is small enough to be used internally as a hand held device enabling deeper thermal inspection.

Thermal Imager Spec

  • Uncooled VOx Microbolometer
  • Pixel Pitch
  • 12 μm
  • Frame Rate
  • 30 Hz
  • Lens
  • DFOV: 61°
    Format Equivalent: 40 mm
    Aperture: f/1.0
    Focus: 5 m to ∞
  • Sensitivity
  • ≤50 mk@F1.1
  • Temperature Measurement Method
  • Spot Meter, Area Measurement
  • Temperature Measurement Range
  • -20° to 150° C (-4° to 302° F, High Gain Mode)
    0° to 500° C (32° to 932° F, Low Gain Mode)
  • Palette
  • White Hot/Black Hot/Tint/Iron Red/Hot Iron/Arctic/Medical/Fulgurite/Rainbow 1/Rainbow 2
  • Photo Format
  • JPEG (8-bit)
    R-JPEG (16-bit)
  • Video Resolution
  • 640×512@30fps
  • Bitrate
  • 6 Mbps
  • Video Format
  • MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
  • Still Photography Modes
  • DJI Mavic 3T:
    Single: 640×512
    Timed: 640×512
    JPEG: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s
  • Digital Zoom
  • 28x
  • Infrared Wavelength
  • 8-14 μm
  • Infrared Temperature Measurement Accuracy
  • ±2° C or ±2% (using the larger value)

The Mavic 3 Professional – used for videography and stills

Utilising a triple camera system the Mavic 3 Pro is able to capture unique images normally reserved for larger Drones or Helicopters!.

DJI Mavic 3 Pro Camera Spec

  • Image Sensor
  • Hasselblad Camera: 4/3 CMOS, Effective Pixels: 20 MP
    Medium Tele Camera: 1/1.3″ CMOS, Effective Pixels: 48 MP
    Tele Camera: 1/2″ CMOS, Effective Pixels: 12 MP
  • Lens
  • Hasselblad Camera
    FOV: 84°
    Format Equivalent: 24mm
    Aperture: f/2.8-f/11
    Focus: 1 m to ∞Medium Tele Camera
    FOV: 35°
    Format Equivalent: 70mm
    Aperture: f/2.8
    Focus: 3 m to ∞Tele Camera
    FOV: 15°
    Format Equivalent: 166mm
    Aperture: f/3.4
    Focus: 3 m to ∞

Each model has its strengths and plays its part in delivering professional results.

These are not toys but high performance tools.

All flights are screen recorded and flight logs avaliable.

Southwest Drone Services

Southwest Drone Services (SDS) professional drone operation in the southwest.

  • Cooperate Video
  • Solar Panel Inspection
  • Building Inspection
  • Wind Turbine Blade Inspection
  • Roof and Gutter Inspection
  • Environmental Studies
  • Aerial Mapping
  • Crop Inspection
  • Thermal imaging
  • Livestock location
  • and many more...

We comply strictly to the CAA regulations CAP722 which lays out the conditions and limitations for any Unmanned Aircraft PDRA developed and published by the CAA.

New Technology in drones!

Benefits Of Multispectral Imaging 

Multispectral images can be a very effective tool for evaluating soil productivity and analysing plant health.  

Viewing the health of soil and crops with the naked eye is limited, time consuming and is reactionary.

Multispectral sensor technology allows the farmer to see further than the naked eye.

Data from multispectral imaging has the following benefits;

  • Identify pests, disease and weeds. Optimize pesticide usage and crop sprays through early detection.
  • Provide data on soil fertility and refine fertilization by detecting nutrient deficiencies. Help with land management and whether to take agriculture land in or out of production or rotate crops etc.
  • Count plants and determine population or spacing issues.
  • Estimate crop yield.
  • Measure irrigation. Control crop irrigation by identifying areas where water stress is suspected. Then, make improvement to land areas such as install drainage systems and waterways based on the multispectral data.
  • View damage to crops from farm machinery.
  • Survey fencing and farm buildings.
  • Thermal cameras can be used to locate livestock at night time.

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