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Agricultural Drones

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone or an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Agriculture monitoring is among the most mature use cases for drones. The use case's value proposition is rooted in the high labor cost or monitoring a wide, rural expanse of agricultural land using traditional ground-based vehicles. In many environments, drones can cover 10 times more land than a ground-based observer in the same amount of time due to their sky-to-earth perspective and ability to fly over barriers. 

The flight of agriculture drones may be controlled with various degrees of autonomy, ranging from full remote control by an operator located in the vicinity to fully autonomous flight coordinated by onboard computers.

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Drone Connectivity and Parachute Deployment for Flying Eye
Drone Connectivity and Parachute Deployment for Flying Eye
Around the world, drones of all shapes and sizes from the market-pioneering Flying Eye are filling the skies. They incorporate a wide range of sensors, cameras, batteries, and radio controls, making them an increasingly valuable proposition to a broad cross-section of industries. Today, Flying Eye drones are spraying crops, capturing breathtaking photos and videos of remote locations, and extending the reach and agility of customers around the world. But, according to Alexandre Thomas, co-founder and technical director of Flying Eye, significant safety issues emerge as these tiny aircraft crisscross overhead, since these vehicles are often flying quite near crowds of people. “A drone must be safe, and designers must have contingencies in place to respond to unplanned events and failures,” he said. “We take a lot of measures to ensure reliability in our aircraft. Our electronics are tested to ensure the drone won’t unexpectedly shut down. We design propellers from durable materials, and we invest in battery technology to keep the drones aloft for longer periods of time.” Of course, no vehicle is 100-percent foolproof. Technical errors and operator errors can disrupt flights, which is why Flying Eye builds in contingency parachutes and redundant communications into its aircraft. And that’s where Digi XBee® RF modules play a key role.

The agricultural drones market is expected to reach USD 4.2 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 30.19% during the forecast period.

Source: marketsandmarkets

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