Set up the MicaSense Altum camera

Learn how to setup your MicaSense Altum camera.

The WingtraOne Altum offers multispectral and thermal image acquisition. The camera acquires five individual images at the same time in spectral bands of red, green, blue, red edge, near-infrared (near IR), and a thermal image. For camera specifications, technical details, and camera-related support, please refer to the knowledge base of Micasense.

For more details about how to set up the Altum camera and what are the main parts, depending on the WingtraOne you use, please check below:

  • Set up for WingtraOne GEN II Altum
  • Set up for WingtraOne GEN I (868/900MHz and 2.4 Ghz telemetry) Altum
  • Calibration panel

Set up WingtraOne GEN II Altum


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  1. Calibration panel
  2. Top cover
  3. WingtraOne SD card slot; The WingtraOne SD card needs to be inserted into the slot during the flight as the PPK data is stored there. It is also used for updating the firmware and downloading the flight logs. You can find more information about the WingtraOne SD card in the article WingtraOne SD cards.
  4. Payload connector (USB-C)
  5. Camera holder beam mechanism, used to fix the camera and should not be removed when flying
  6. DLS sensor, GPS and compass
  7. Altum camera
  8. SD card slot  

The images are stored in the SD card inserted into the camera (8). Make sure to use the provided 128 GB SD card. You can find the full specifications of the SD card in the article WingtraOne SD cards

After the flight is completed, retrieve the SD card from the camera by pushing the SD card into the camera before pulling it.

For updating WingtraOne or downloading WingtraOne flight logs, use the WingtraOne SD card that is inserted into the drone (3).

Additionally, the PPK data are stored in the WingtraOne SD card. Find more information about the multispectral PPK processing in the article PPK geotagging of multispectral imagery.

PPK geotagging of Altum images is only available for WingtraOne GEN II drones.

Set up WingtraOne GEN I (868/900 MHz and 2.4GHz telemetry) Altum

1. Reflectance panel

2. Daylight sensor (DLS 2) 

3. Altum sensor

4. SD card slot

5. Payload connector (USB-C)

6. USB storage (dongle not needed during flight, only for updating and downloading logs)

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Make sure to use the provided Sandisk Extreme SDXS 128 GB SD card. The SD card slot is located on the front side, next to the sensor. To get it out, push the SD card to release it. To format the SD card through the MicaSense user interface, you can follow the instructions of the article from the MicaSense website: How to format a storage device with the RedEdge/Altum. To do this, connect to the camera via Wifi (SSID = Altum // password = micasense) and open the browser app (Chrome) and access the page

For updating WingtraOne or downloading WingtraOne flight logs, use the provided microSD card with the dongle and insert it into the USB storage (6).

Calibration panel

The latest version of the calibration panel is more compact for better transportability and durability. This calibration panel can be used with any MicaSense sensor model, however, to use the QR functionality the camera firmware needs to be updated to the latest version (v7.2.0 for RedEdge-M/MX/Dual, v2.2.0 for Altum). You can find more information about the use of calibration panel in the Micasense Knowledge Base.

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For more information about the data acquisition workflow with WingtraOne and Altum, please refer to the Data acquisition with WingtraOne and Altum article.