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Unmanned Aerial Systems in Agriculture: Part 1 (Systems) Published In WSU Extension Fast Sheet FS194E, 2016, by Lav R. Khot, Qin Zhang, Manoj Karkee, Sindhuja Sankaran and Karen Lewis

A vehicle is classified as an unmanned aerial system (UAS) when there is no person on board to guide controls, or decide direction or speed of the vehicle. UAS are equipped with onboard flight and navigation controls to be piloted remotely or through Global Positioning System (GPS) waypoints in autopilot mode. …… From an application standpoint, UASs, which are the focus of this fact sheet, are integrated with sensing modules on board that appear to have a wide range of applications in agricultural production management when combined with soil, weather, and relevant crop growth information.

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