Robotic Crop Sprayer

With the goal of increasing crop yields, a robotic flyer has taken to the air at Aerofex. Designed specifically for the precision spraying of crops, its size and lift enables significant capacity for fertilizer, pesticides, and fungicides.

Rendered here next to the manned testbed, it shares the same control system, lift-train and ducted fans of its predecessor – allowing safe operations around ground personnel and obstacles.

The platform’s ducted fans eliminate the swirl caused by open wing tips and exposed rotor blades – a primary cause of drift. Its flight attitude and favorable downwash will place the input precisely where intended and below the canopy of the crop – increasing efficacy while protecting adjacent fields.

Like the testbed, it is fueled by automotive petrol, enabling continuous use throughout the day with coverage rates in excess of battery powered UAVs.

The aerial sprayer is constructed primarily of thermoplastic composites and high-performance plastics to withstand the rigors of the agriculture environment.  It can be lifted by two men and transported in the back of a small pick-up truck.