PrecisionHawk has teamed up with Harper Adams University in Shropshire, England, to deliver drone training in exchange for aerial imagery of the university's campus.
As part of a growing relationship established through the university's Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Special Interest Group, a membership group focused on UAS applications in agriculture, PrecisionHawk flew one of its Lancaster UAS at Harper Adams as part of a training and demonstration session.
During this session, a range of photographs were taken of the campus – primarily, a trials field used to assess the effect of farm traffic on crop yields and soil structure.
Jonathan Gill, a research assistant at Harper Adams and a drone pilot himself, says, “Having PrecisionHawk host their training session on campus has proven a fantastic opportunity to obtain high-quality aerial images of our research, which clearly show how the plots within the field have developed.
“This visual representation from the sky gives a completely different perspective on the field, and we are delighted to be developing this mutually beneficial relationship with fellow drone enthusiasts.”
“At PrecisionHawk, we are very keen to work with leading establishments like Harper Adams University,” notes Neil Gabriel, PrecisionHawk’s training and operations manager for Europe.
“Through these links, we are able to foster the development of new techniques such as sophisticated image processing algorithms, which help to translate raw aerial imagery into actionable data – enabling the farmer or agronomist to create precision field prescriptions that are an essential component of delivering a successful precision farming system.”