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Agricultural drones – An eye in the sky for farmers to check on crop development [Registered]

Agricultural drones with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new ways to manage crop production, particularly in the USA where the technology is beginning to make inroads. A “drone” is simply a low-cost aerial camera platform: either miniature fixed-wing airplanes or, more commonly, quadcopters and other multibladed small helicopters. These aircraft are equipped with an autopilot using GPS and a standard point-and-shoot camera controlled by the autopilot; software on the ground can stitch aerial shots into a high-­resolution mosaic map. Whereas a traditional radio-­controlled aircraft needs to be flown by a pilot on the ground, a drone is…

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