Buzzard Cameras Limited

Buzzard Cameras Limited was founded by Oliver Drew, based on research conducted during his Master’s thesis at the University of Southampton. The company is one of the latest businesses to enter the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) in Harwell, Oxford.

Buzzard Cameras Limited is developing multispectral cameras for small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The cameras are designed to complement the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 earth observation satellites and will be used for a variety of land management applications, such as forestry, agriculture, and land cover classification.

As well as multispectral cameras, Buzzard Cameras Limited is developing an online service for processing and displaying UAV imagery. This service will also allow users to access atmospherically corrected Sentinel-2 satellite imagery for their chosen study site.

Buzzard Cameras Limited will provide a complete solution for the integration of satellite imagery from the recently launched Copernicus Sentinel-2 earth observation satellites and the ultra-high spatial resolution imagery provided by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). To provide this solution Buzzard Cameras Limited will manufacture small multispectral cameras for sub 7 kg UAVs. These cameras will closely match the spectral bands of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite system. Complete customisation of the spectral bands will also be available at the point of sale. The multispectral cameras will come in two variants, a six and a three spectral band model. The technology used has been successfully tested through the development of a proof-of-concept prototype.

As well as a high quality multispectral camera, Buzzard Cameras will offer a cloud-based image processing and mapping service. This service is comprised of two parts; the first part is a service which processes and calibrates imagery collected by a user’s UAV multispectral camera. The second part is a mapping service which provides the customer with a means of accessing atmospherically corrected Copernicus Sentinel-2 imagery, as well as their own processed and calibrated UAV imagery. This imagery can be converted into vegetation indices and chlorophyll maps within the online service, or exported for further in-depth analysis by other software and services.

Buzzard Cameras Limited is currently two months into a twelve-month incubation period within the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC). During the next year Buzzard Cameras Limited will complete the development of its UAV multispectral cameras, complete the online image processing/mapping service, and protect all of the company’s intellectual property.