Draganfly Innovations To Flight Test New Miniaturized Corning Hyperspectral Sensor System

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Draganfly has partnered with Optical Filter Corporation, a subsidiary of Corning Incorporated to integrate a Draganfly UAV with a new miniaturized hyperspectral sensor for commercial applications

Draganfly Commander with Corning Camera

We are excited to provide our customers, specifically those in agriculture, with an easy way to take advantage of hyperspectral imaging to monitor the health of their crops more efficiently.

Draganfly Innovations is proud to announce that they have signed an agreement with Optical Filter Corporation, a subsidiary of Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) to integrate their miniaturized advanced hyperspectral camera system into Draganfly’s UAVs.

Draganfly will assist in preparing Corning’s new miniaturized, fully integrated hyperspectral imaging system (HSIS) for commercial release by integrating the system onto the Draganflyer Commander. Draganfly is developing a motorized 2-axis gimbal specifically for Corning’s system, and will conduct flight testing exercises in California.

Corning’s system combines high spectral and spatial resolution in a small form factor. It is a fully self-contained system including hyperspectral sensor, INS-GPS, and on-board computer for system management and recording of imagery and navigation data. It offers a 50% reduction in size, weight and power consumption to comparable systems. Data collected by this system can be used to identify specific vegetation species, determine relative crop health, develop irrigation strategies, and create yield optimization strategies.

Flown on the Draganflyer Commander, Corning’s hyperspectral sensor system will help customers obtain higher crop quality, implement sustainable farm management practices and identify opportunities to increase revenue and profit per acre.

“We are pleased to work with Draganfly to show the value of our small form factor hyperspectral system innovations with UAVs,” said David Velasquez, commercial director, Corning Advanced Optics. “We’ve been focused on delivering an outstanding hyperspectral solution for UAV applications. Our full system is small enough to work with Draganfly’s UAV technology while at the same time being cost effective. Our work with Draganfly is an important way for us to demonstrate the value of hyperspectral technology for applications like precision agriculture.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Corning on this project,” said Draganfly CEO, Cameron Chell, “We are excited to provide our customers, specifically those in agriculture, with an easy way to take advantage of hyperspectral imaging to monitor the health of their crops more efficiently.”

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.

Draganfly Innovations Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Intelligent Systems, is a recognized technology and industry leader within the commercial UAV industry. Its devices have helped establish the commercial market and adoption of multi-rotor helicopters for aerial imaging and public safety.

Further information on Draganfly Innovations can be found at http://www.draganfly.com

About Corning Incorporated

Corning (http://www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.

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