Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology giant DJI has launched its first drone suited specifically for agricultural applications – the DJI Agras MG-1.
The eight-rotor Agras can load more than 10 kg of liquid for crop spraying and can cover 7-10 acres of land per hour – making it more than 40 times more efficient than manual spraying, says DJI.
The UAV, which can fly up to 8 m/s, is dustproof and water-resistant and is made of anti-corrosive materials. It can also be rinsed clean and folded up for easy transport and storage after use.
The Agras features DJI’s flight-control system and microwave radar to ensure centimeter-level accuracy. During flight, the drone automatically maintains its height and distance from plants to ensure application of an optimal amount of liquid. DJI’s real-time Lightbridge 2 transmission system is also on board.
Users can select automatic, semi-automatic or manual operation modes, depending on terrain, with uniform spraying carried out through the drone’s nozzles. The drone’s four replaceable, ceramic nozzles are powered by motors and can be used for thousands of hours of spraying. Downward airflow generated by the rotors increases spraying velocity and ensures the agent will reach plant stems and leaves near the soil, says DJI.
The Agras MG-1’s body is sealed and features an integrated, centrifugal cooling system designed to extend motor life by up to three times. Additionally, triple filtration cuts off the intake of mist, dust and large particulates to reduce wear from impurities.
As the drone flies, air enters the aircraft body via the front inlet, is filtered and passes through each of the aircraft’s arms to the motors, and captures heat from all components and the entire structure. Heat is then dissipated by venting into the surrounding air.
The drone’s intelligent memory function means that after the Agras MG-1 is brought back to base for refill or recharge, it will return to its last memory point to pick up spraying where it left off.
Users control the Agras with a custom DJI remote, which offers a low-energy display panel giving real-time flight information and lasting for extended periods on a single charge.
The Agras MG-1 will initially be available in China and Korea but will expand into other markets.
“With this new product, we’ve shown that DJI can not only offer the ultimate aerial experience for the mass consumer, but also improve the efficiency of production and benefit so many others in all walks of life,” says Frank Wang, CEO and founder of DJI.