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Drones For Good Award

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First and largest governmental award for civilian drone application is offered by the Government of United Arab Emirates.

The ‘UAE Drones For Good Award’ was launched under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAV Vice President and Ruler of Dubai in February 2014. The official webpage of the award, www.dronesforgood.ae became online on 10th of May.

The Award has two parts: an international prize offering $1 million USD and a local prize of 1 million AED (approximately $275,000 USD). The National competition is dedicated to rewarding the best, most practical ideas for using UAV technologies today to improve government services in the UAE. The International competition is dedicated to rewarding the most promising prototypes of future services that may benefit humanity at large. Submissions must be able to demonstrate a working prototype that could conceivably be developed into a working system within the next 1 to 3 years.

Dronologista already mentioned in one of previous posts, that UAE is planning to deliver personal documents using drones. The Drones For Good Award is just another logical step that Government of UAE is taking toward systematic application of UAS for the benefit of humanity. In a bit cheesy video below you can get the picture of how it ought to work.

More information about the award and the rules can be found here.

Dronologista will be following development of this competition, and wishes all applicants good luck.

 

Drones for pest control

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Drones are being increasingly used in farming. In one of the previous posts, dronologista presented HoneyComb, a startup company focused on precision agriculture using drone-based sensing and imaging technology. Other efforts are bit more low tech but still very impressive, such as this crops spraying UAV designed by Mr. Zhang Aiguo from China.

Zhang Aiguo flies a crop dusting drone

Zhang Aiguo flies a crop dusting drone. Courtesy of China Daily and Xinhua

One of the companies that are trying to enter what is expected to become a very lucrative market, is  Height-Tech from Bielefeld, Germany. Their latest video shows how UAV can be used for pest control. Trichogramma, beneficial parasite used against European corn borer, is being discharged from one of the Height-Tech drones. Waypoints, distance and number of drops can be preplanned thus reducing time and costs for pest control.

Picture and video courtesy of China Daily and Height-Tech

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.