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Imaging Techniques and Applications for UAV’s in Agriculture

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Paper number  031105,  2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.14929) @2003
Authors:   Andrew Simpson, T. Stombaugh, L. Wells, J. Jacob
Keywords:   Remote Sensing, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Aerial Images, RC Airplanes

The goal of this project was to develop a low-cost remote sensing platform for precision agriculture. An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was developed to carry imaging sensors over a target area. The system was used to successfully capture aerial images of several locations. This project provided many advances in the field of precision agriculture and remote sensing including the ability to image large areas in a short time, to image routinely on a convenient schedule, and to alter imaging times and date depending on on-site conditions. Other unique advantages were the ability to view and analyze images shortly after flight completion even in remote locations via portable computing technology. This provided near real time crop diagnostic information to farmers, crop scouts, and other interested parties.

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