AgEagle LLC, a Kansas-based manufacturer of fixed-wing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for the precision agriculture industry, has introduced a new UAV operations management system, the AgEagle RAPID.
Specifically developed for agronomists and crop consultants, the RAPID – through a tablet or smartphone – allows the AgEagle flying wing to automatically launch and tabulate scan patterns, adjust its flight path for wind and other factors, and optimize camera settings such as lens focus and shutter speed.
The entire flight of the AgEagle – including launches, field scans and landings – is automatic. Within 15 to 20 minutes after landing, the captured aerial images are geo-referenced and orthorectified into an image mosaic and pushed through RAPID’s cloud-based automated data transfer network directly to the user’s tablet or smartphone.
Bret Chillcot, owner and CEO of AgEagle LLC, says the system is the “missing link for UAVs in precision agriculture.”
“It’s amazing how quickly decisions can be made and how much time RAPID can save both the grower and the agronomist or crop consultant. All that is required is the AgEagle UAV and a tablet or a smartphone – tools that pretty much every agronomist is already uses,” he explains.
AgEagle RAPID is currently available for purchase directly from the company, as well as from select AgEagle dealerships.