How do I mount Sequoia to my drone?

The Parrot Sequoia camera can be easily mounted to any drone, using either a fixed mount or a gimbaled mount. The Sequoia main sensor is roughly the size of a GoPro camera; there are many compatible mounting options on the market that can be used. For the Sunshine Sensor, Sequoia includes 3 self-adhesive mounts that can be easily installed on the top of the drone. 

When mounting the camera, keep the following in mind: 

  • It is possible that the back of Sequoia will heat up during operation. We recommend against using any adhesives on the back of the camera because they may melt or become weak.
  • Ensure the back of Sequoia has adequate airflow for cooling during operation.
  • The main sensor should be mounted such that during flight, the camera is pointing straight down as much as possible. In multicopter installations, consider tilting the camera slightly "up" such that when the aircraft tilts forward to fly, the camera is level with the ground.
  • Vibration isolation is recommended for the main sensor to prevent artifacts in the images (especially the RGB imager).
  • The lens cover for Sequoia should only be used during transit, and should not be used during data collection, as it may obscure the lenses.

When mounting the Sunshine Sensor, keep the following in mind:

  • Mount the Sunshine Sensor (SS) such that it is not blocked or shadowed by any other part of the aircraft
  • The SS should be mounted such that it is parallel to the aircraft's main centerline. 
  • The SS should be installed such that the SD card slot is pointing forward (towards the nose of the aircraft)
  • Do not mount the SS such that it obscures the GPS of the drone itself - check that GPS signal is not affected before flight. For DJI Phantom, it is NOT recommended to mount the SS on top of the center of the fuselage as this is the area where the Phantom's GPS module (for navigation) is located.

MicaSense will be offering two mounting kits for Sequoia: one for the DJI Phantom 3, and one for the 3DR Solo and other drones. Both of these kits will also include a component that makes Sequoia compatible with an existing GoPro mount (fixed). These kits will also have provisions for power. 

 

An example integration of Sequoia on a 3DR Iris is shown below. Note orientation of the Sunshine Sensor. The red brackets shown holding onto the Sequoia main camera itself will be available for sale from MicaSense as accessories in the next few weeks.

 

 

For the Iris integration, a 5-volt (5-amp) BEC was used t provide power to Sequoia. The input of the BEC is connected to the auxiliary power cable from the drone (raw battery voltage). The output is connected to Sequoia by soldering a micro USB wire. You can buy a connector and solder wires to it (see for example this connector). Here's a reference for the pinout of these types of connectors. Or you can cut a micro USB cable and solder the ends to the BEC. 

 

 

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