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Development of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Use in Precision Agriculture: The AggieAir Experience
2015 IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech)
  • Alfonso F. Torres-Rua, Utah State University
  • Manal Al-Arab, Utah State University
  • Leila Hassan-Esfahani, Utah State University
  • Austin Jensen, Utah State University
  • Mac McKee, Utah State University
Document Type
Conference Paper
Publisher
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Publication Date
1-1-2015
Abstract

Researchers at the Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State University have developed a small unmanned aerial system (UAS) called ""AggieAir"" for use as a precision remote sensing tool. The AggieAirTM UAS platform can be launched and landed almost anywhere. It carries scientific-grade cameras that capture imagery in the visual (red/green/blue), near infrared, and infrared (thermal) spectra. It has been applied in several western states to provide high-resolution imagery in support of research on water, natural resources, and agricultural problems. This paper focuses on uses of AggieAir in the generation of information for use in agricultural operations, especially with respect to precision agriculture. Examples of the use of AggieAir multi-spectral imagery include high-resolution estimation of, evapotranspiration rates, crop tissue nitrogen and chlorophyll, surface and root-zone soil moisture, and crop leaf canopy volume.

Citation Information
Torres-Rua A., El-arab, M., Hassan Esfahani, L., Jensen, A., and McKee, M. (2015). Development of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Use in Precision Agriculture: The AggieAir Experience. 2015 IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (SusTech)