Drone Startups part 2: HoneyComb

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Precision agriculture is a farming management concept that supports decision making using big data supplied by variety of sensors. Sensor platform that is being increasingly used is unmanned aerial vehicle. In fact UAV or drones are spreading in agriculture at such a rate, that Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts that farms will eventually account for 80% of commercial drones market.

As a response to increasing demand for agricultural UAV systems, HoneyComb  company was founded in Oregon in 2012. Since inception, HoneyComb is focused on agriculture and forestry, providing robust  drone-based  sensing and imaging technologies and accessible and effective data processing solutions that increase yield and reduce costs.

A flight plan can be mapped to any field shape

HoneyComb’s main product is AgDrone UAS. It is fixed wing, completely autonomous UAS for agricultural surveying that comes standard with visible and multispectral cameras for high-resolution imaging and NDVI-based crop stress detection. It is ready to fly with a complete airframe and avionics, fully configured autopilot, mission planning software, visible and spectral (NDVI) cameras and a ground station in a rugged carry case. UAV is not difficult to use, and the ease with which it is launched you can see in the video below.

With expected flight time of around 60 minutes in windless condition, the AgDrone can cover approximately 1000 acres on a single battery.

AgDrone System

This powerful tool will certainly help farmers make better decisions, avoiding unnecessary application of fertilizers and pesticides, thus decreasing costs and improving yields.

Images and video courtesy of HoneyComb and KQED science.

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