URSULA (UAS Remote Sensing for Use in Land Applications) is a 2-year research and development programme to explore the potential for advanced remote sensing in land applications, primarily in high input arable farming. It complements currently available remote sensing techniques, for example, satellite-derived information or real-time data, and pushes horizons for information and land management.
The project and capability has emerged from a unique collaboration between two companies working in complementary areas of technology; Callen-Lenz Associates Ltd, aviation and remote sensing specialists, and Environment Systems, environmental experts in earth observation and geographic intelligence. With agricultural experts also a key part of the team, our activities cover the full spectrum of the work stream from air system design and operation through to bespoke remote sensing system and data interpretation for agriculture and land-based markets.
Demands on agriculture continue to grow year on year; increased yields, a reduction in the use of fertilisers and pesticides coupled with growing costs of production demand changes to the way crops are produced. We believe that our integrated approach to remote sensing is a disruptive technology, and will lead to new possibilities and new capabilities in precision farming. To achieve its full potential, we feel that collaboration and engagement across the breadth of the industry is essential, from farmers to service providers, from seed producers to equipment and software. This is a key part of Project URSULA.
Project URSULA is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government.