Description of the Project
AGRICULTURE DRONES VS MANUAL WORKFORCE OR MACHINERY:
The heavier and faster the drone, the more stringent requirements
for failure probability and design assurance. At a maximum takeoff-weight
(MTOW) of 250 kg (100 kg cargo payload + 150 kg drone with the battery),
low speed and rural operations are at the lower difficulty end of the
difficulty scale, able to avail American Society for Testing and Materials
(ASTM) standards for airworthiness requirements, and having the least
stringent design assurance and failure probability requirements (per the
draft AC, likely 10e-5 and level D HW/SW design assurance)
Given maximized precision and flexibility for unmanned aerial vehicle procedures, agriculture drone offers a better value proposition than conventional treatment management even in fields where aerial spray services are not commonly utilized to date.
- Airborne operation is often the fastest means of getting the necessary protection products to the affected crop.
- Leave no tracks invaluable products and are the only option during wet spells (for example for growing corn – which is planted in wet soil)
- More environmentally friendly as it lessens soil erosion by as much as 90% by assisting no-till or minimum-till operations preserve the integrity of the soil.