Precision Agriculture Using Military Technology: Drones


Homeland Security NewsWire.com
September 20, 2012

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Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), are military aircraft currently being repurposed for everyday use, especially within the growing field of precision agriculture. These flying robots allow farmers to detect changes in water content, plant health, and pesticide dispersal in their fields.

An Ohio State University release reports that even though the pilot programs are still underway, the Ohio State University Aeronautics and Astronautics Research Laboratory is showcasing this new UAV technology and its impact on the agriculture industry this week at the 2012 Farm Science Review.

“While the military was the early adopter of this technology, the civilian applications in agriculture, search and rescue, and various other tasks is fast approaching,” said Matt McCrink, a Ph.D. student in the Aerospace Engineering Department at Ohio State University and research assistant to Dr. Jim Gregory at the Aeronautic and Astronautics Research Laboratory in Columbus.

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