|[July 16, 2014]
IDTechEx: Unmanned Electric Aircraft Take Agriculture by Storm
CAMBRIDGE, England --(Business Wire)--
The DLG (German Agricultural Society) Field Days 2014, held recently at
the DLG Crop Protection Center at Bernberg-Strenzfeld, Germany,
showcased many new innovations in crop production for the German and
other European producers present.
This year's event had special emphasis on drones, notably quadcopters
and other multicopters for spotting disease, underwatering and many
other conditions plus some fixed wing versions. Interest in their
deployment in agriculture has exploded in the last year. Smaller,
lighter and easier to operate, they exhibit greater virtuosity with more
types of sensor. Producers now deploy them after a few hours of
practice, often simulated on the computer. Many systems were on display,
with tools and information to use the technology to its fullest
There are similarities with the USA, where university students,
entrepreneurs and established UAV
manufacturers create these high-tech eyes and sensors in the sky for
agricultural use. Many technologies are available in both Europe and the
USA, nearly all electric and with many variants. In the USA, most of the
manufacturers promise that prices will decline in the future as long as
increased demand goes hand in hand with less restrictive federal
For more read the IDTechEx report, "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Electric
UAVs 2014-2024" www.idtechex.com/uav
. It covers the whole gamut of fixed wing, airship, VTOL, quadcopter and
other multicopter drones, amphibians/diving and robot bat, bird and fly.
It concludes that thousands of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will be
deployed very soon for both civil and military missions.
New technologies will be seen in and on them, from smart skin to
structural components and intelligent motors with integral gearing. For
long range UAVs where batteries are inadequate and hybrid powertrains
are necessary, there can still be silent take-off and landing.
Only electrics can give us new forms of UAV; intelligently swarming
robot flies being just one example of new missions made possible by
electric power in UAVs. Several of these have potential in farming in
due course. There is a sister report on manned electric aircraft, hybrid
and pure electric, called, "Electric
Aircraft 2014-2024: Trends, Projects, Forecasts."
For more information about IDTechEx visit www.IDTechEx.com
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