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What s a uav
What’s a UAV?

  • is an acronym for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, which is defined as a powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely, can be expendable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or nonlethal payload. (U.S. Department of Defense)


  • Less manpower required

  • Less maintenance

  • More flexible

  • Capable of doing jobs that are hard, repetitive, and dangerous.

Current use
Current Use

  • Survey

    • Aerial photos

    • NDVI

    • Thermal images

Uavs in agriculture
UAVs in Agriculture


Pteryx UAV



  • image-on-demand and is an inexpensive alternative to satellite, or, flying an airplane over a field.

  • provide images of crops, drainage, environmental, spraying, precision agriculture, etc.


Pteryx uav
Pteryx UAV

  • flying multiple missions per day without reprogramming the autopilot

  • ability to rearrange camera head interior with minimal effort

  • single button operation

  • no need for groundstation

  • enclosing the camera for better protection against dirt

  • ability to accommodate most powerful compact digital camera models, weight range 200...1000g



  • UAV Sprayers

    • Yamaha's RMAX

    • Cost: RC $150,000~$230,000, Autonomous $1,000,000 (ground station, antennas, computers, monitors and two complete autonomous airframes and a four camera system)


  • Cost

  • Technical Experience

  • Software Crashes

  • Liability

  • Farming Traditions


  • UAVs can be very effective in high value crops (fruits and vegetables) and large scale farms.

  • As the price of electronics goes down the price for a UAV will go down as well.

  • Use of UAVs will become a great tool to the farmer in surveying and possibly in pesticide spraying.