Sentinel 2 mission establishes a new generation of ESA multispectral remote sensing. The Sentinel 2 mission will generate multispectral imagery of higher spatial, temporal and spectral resolution than other similar satellites (Landsat 8 or ASTER). The data are freely available via internet data hubs. Since June 2015, the Sentinel 2A satellite is on orbit and his companion, Sentinel 2B, will be launched in 2017. Both Sentinels operate Multispectral Instrument (MSI) recording the electromagnetic energy in 13 spectral bands in visible, near-infrared and mid-infrared spectrum.  Such a setting is well suited for monitoring vegetation and land cover every 5 days for the same area.

Terrestrial small-footprint laser scanner VZ-1000 by RIEGL LMS GmbH. with an integrated and calibrated camera NIKON D-700 capable of online waveform processing of the recorded laser pulse reflections. The device is dedicated for highly detailed collection of 3-D point clouds representing the surface of objects which are hit by the laser pulse in field of view of the scanner.



Two GNSS receivers for precise positioning in real time or after post-processing by TOPCON (EPP Set – Hiper ll: Digital UHF 410-440 MHz s GSM/GPRS). The GNSS receivers will be used in combination with terrestrial scanner to precisely locate the acquired point clouds and control points for validating satellite data

Other technical infrastructure comprises: GPS Trimble Juno SB with the firmware GPS Pathfinder Office, Terra Sync; Laser distance meters Leica Disto D3; 

UltraCam XP manufactured by VEXCEL and Digital photogrammetric workstation (PGW) equipped with the PHOTOMOD v5.2 software by RACURS the PGW is dedicated for processing digital aerial and satellite imagery, generation of 3D landscape models and orthoimagery;  

  Small unmanned aerial vehicle (micro-UAV) DJI PHANTOM 2+ with a Zenmuse H4-3D gimbal and GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition camera with a datalink and RC controller with the first person view capability, also capable of an autonomous flight according to a planned mission using the Ground Control on a iPad tablet. The UAV system will be used to capture record the phenological stages of vegetation in visible spectrum which will be laser scanned by VZ-1000.

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