FIXAR’s multi-purpose drone and its service to agriculture
A few days ago, we reported that Latvian drone company, FIXAR had developed a black box technology for its multi-purpose outdoor drone, which would will vastly improve traceability and accountability of the company’s aircraft, as it strives to contribute to safer air traffic.
The company has provided more information about one area where its outdoor drone, the FIXAR 007 (yeah; we are wondering whether it was a hat tip to another modestly known 007 in our lives too) has been applied to – agriculture. FIXAR claim that, because of its payload flexibility, the 007 drone is a perfect choice for multiple agricultural applications – from aerial surveillance to crop spraying.
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Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are finding an increasing number of applications to support sustainable and efficient agriculture practices.
Drone precision technology covers a broad range of agriculture tasks such as farmland analysis and development, livestock and crop fields monitoring, prediction and treatment of plant diseases, and much more. The UAVs bring efficiency as drones can cover acres of land in few hours saving time and reducing emissions in comparison with more conventional manned methods that run on fuel. Meanwhile, global warming raises risks and pushes society to look for nature-friendly, sustainable but at the same time efficient farming.
FIXAR has developed unmanned aerial vehicle FIXAR 007 with swappable payloads allowing to carry out diverse precision agriculture missions. The drone can be equipped with a photo or video camera for aerial photography for farmland development or video monitoring of livestock, with a multispectral sensor for vegetation monitoring and identification of plant diseases, as well as the drone can be adjusted for crops protection by adding a proprietary dispenser for granular bio protection distribution.
It provides the full-scale database including: RGB orthomosaic, NDVI photos and orthomosaic, full-scale vegetation indexes. All data is processed and used for the predictive analyses to let agriculture professionals plan the appropriate activities for the crop production and even protect crops with biological treatment with even small doses starting from 1.5 gram/ha. Thus, farming is getting smarter, affordable and easy-to-use.
The FIXAR 007 is a fully autonomous fixed-wing drone designed to meet the needs of agriculture businesses. The low-maintenance, easy-to-use fixed-wing drone can be set up in less than five minutes, and it can take-off and land vertically with an accuracy field of one meter. When used for mapping purposes, the drone is an excellent tool for stress-free missions because it does not require any launch catapult or landing pad preparations. It can work uninterrupted for up to one hour, has a flight range of 60km and can process area of 70ha within an hour or one deployment. A field up to 500 ha can be covered in just one working day.
According to Drone Industry Insights’ Drone Application Report 2021, in the agriculture sector drones are mainly used for mapping and surveying (59 percent) and spraying and seeding (30 percent). Both applications provide information for data-driven decisions for efficient and cost-effective work and can be executed with FIXAR solution by using the corresponding payload module.
To assist biological farmers FIXAR set up an agriculture package – the outdoor drone FIXAR 007 equipped with a dispenser for granular bio protection distribution. Consequently, FIXAR successfully introduced biological protection on a 3150 hectares area. In the course of the field treatment, entomophagy was applied twice in the vicinity of settlements, making for the first time possible to safely preserve the harvest in the treated area. The introduced entomophagy destroyed 74 percent of the invasive pests in a single flight and resulting in increased crop health and safety. This solution can be used for the distribution of diverse protective granular material.
The agriculture package setup allows completely autonomous bio protection distribution based on the predefined flight plan set up in the xGroundControl Station software and the flight itself is guided by the Autopilot. No special skills or license is needed to operate the ground control base.