Robotic Crop Sprayer
With the goal of increasing crop yields, a robotic flyer is making its way off the drawing board and onto the shop floor at Aerofex. Designed specifically for the precision spraying of crops, its size and lift enables significant capacity for fertilizer, pesticides or seeds.
Rendered here next to the Aero-X testbed, it shares the same control system, lift-train and the enclosed fans of its predecessor – allowing safe operations around ground personnel and obstacles.
The vehicle’s ducted fans eliminate the swirl caused by wing tips and open rotor blades – a major cause of chemical drift. Its flight attitude and favorable downwash will place the applicant precisely where intended and deep below the canopy of the crop – increasing efficacy while protecting neighboring properties.
Also like the Aero-X, it is fueled by automotive petrol, enabling continuous use throughout the day – and coverage rates far in excess of battery powered drones.
Developed for field servicing and the rigors of the agriculture environment, it is constructed primarily of high-impact plastics. It can be lifted easily by two men and transported in the back of a small pick-up truck.
First flight of the robotic prototype is scheduled for February ’17.