Our Earth is being constantly observed by hundreds of satellites and high-resolution imaging from space is becoming more accessible with the advent of reusable rockets and smaller, cheaper satellites. Virtual Field Probing (VFP) is our novel, patent-pending satellite-enabled sensing technology where sophisticated artificial intelligence/deep learning models are applied to the plethora of complex, raw satellite data produced by tens of satellites to gain high-level insights and facilitate reliable predictions. VFP intelligently assimilates petabytes of heterogenous, but complementary, multi-modal data (electro-optical and synthetic aperture radar – SAR) acquired from both commercial and free satellite constellations (ESA, NASA, others) to make accurate observations, produce domain-relevant decisions and recommendations, and empower a wide array of innovative applications, especially those related to irrigation intelligence and crop analytics.
VFP is a gamechanger for precision agriculture! Existing crop monitoring technologies each suffer from a number of inherent limitations including the need for field devices that are expensive to acquire and difficult to scale (sensor-based approaches), complex logistics, limited operational duration and high cost (aircraft/drone-based approaches), and weather susceptibility and low spatial/temporal resolutions (satellite-based approaches). VFP addresses many of these limitations and offers a low-cost, scalable and easy-to-deploy monitoring solution that provides high spatial and temporal resolution data on a continuous basis . VFP utilizes crop models, soil moisture information, disease models, and weather data, among others in order to make accurate predictions of crop water needs, growth, biomass, biotic & abiotic stresses, nutrient distribution, and yield, just to name a few.