Unmanned aerial system (drone) demonstration for agricultural uses at VUJC

As part of the National Manufacturing Day celebration next Thursday, October 3, Vincennes University Jasper Campus is hosting a demonstration of an unmanned aerial system that can be used in precision agriculture applications.

The event will take place at the VUJC Center for Technology, Innovation & Manufacturing (CTIM) at 4:00pm ET on Thursday, October 3.

The PrecisionHawk Company, based in Indianapolis, manufactures a small, autonomous aircraft that can be fitted with several types of high-technology sensors to remotely examine fields for crop status, drainage, weed infestation, pathogen tracking and many other applications. The system can also be employed in industries such as mining, forestry, 3-D topographic modeling, geology, infrastructure surveying and education.

The PrecisionHawk platform is a small (36 inches), hand-launched electric aircraft that is programmed with the geographic coordinates of the area to be surveyed. After launch it locates the field parameters, determines wind direction and speed, and plans its flight path to scan the area. The sensors available include visual photography, thermal, multispectral, LiDAR and hyperspectral imaging. Data gathered during a flight are available quickly and in several formats. Info about the technology can be found on the company’s website at http://precisionhawk.com

The demonstration will include a short presentation in the CTIM Theater, followed by a flight over the VUJC fields (weather permitting).

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