Title

Spraying and Surveying Applications of Drones to the Precision Agriculture Industry: Writing Prototype Software to Automatically Fly a Drone for Survey or Spray Purposes

School Name

Governor's School for Science and Mathematics

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Engineering

Presentation Type

Mentored

Abstract

Spraying and surveying applications of drone technology to the precision agriculture industry are becoming more widespread. The market of drones in agriculture is predicted to be in the billions of dollars in the coming years, and much of that money will come from precision agriculture. Research to determine the areas where drone technology is the most profitable and feasible needs to be undertaken and application prototypes need to be developed. The focus of this research project was to develop an application prototype to fly a DJI drone across a field, survey it, and then use the information gathered from the flight to spray crops in a targeted way not possible with conventional crop dusters. Using objective-C, an app was developed to survey a field and spray it depending on the value of NDVI from that area. Results from the test flights indicated that this idea is feasible. While the project lacked the hardware to spray the field, it was tested and determined very feasible that such an endeavor would work and be profitable.

Location

Neville 109

Start Date

4-14-2018 10:45 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

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Apr 14th, 10:45 AM

Spraying and Surveying Applications of Drones to the Precision Agriculture Industry: Writing Prototype Software to Automatically Fly a Drone for Survey or Spray Purposes

Neville 109

Spraying and surveying applications of drone technology to the precision agriculture industry are becoming more widespread. The market of drones in agriculture is predicted to be in the billions of dollars in the coming years, and much of that money will come from precision agriculture. Research to determine the areas where drone technology is the most profitable and feasible needs to be undertaken and application prototypes need to be developed. The focus of this research project was to develop an application prototype to fly a DJI drone across a field, survey it, and then use the information gathered from the flight to spray crops in a targeted way not possible with conventional crop dusters. Using objective-C, an app was developed to survey a field and spray it depending on the value of NDVI from that area. Results from the test flights indicated that this idea is feasible. While the project lacked the hardware to spray the field, it was tested and determined very feasible that such an endeavor would work and be profitable.