Phantom 3 Creators DJI Announce New Agricultural Drone

DJI is a company known for their drones, the recognisable phantom 3 is one of their models after all. While the public seek to use these drones more and more, with everything from wedding videos to football games recorded, it is no surprise that DJI just announced their latest model, Agras.

The Agras-1 is designed to help with crop spraying, with an impressive resume of being able to cover anywhere between seven and ten acres with a tank holding around ten litres of liquid. While impressive stats the more impressive features such as a microwave radar which scans the ground, this lets it automatically adjust and moderate the amount it sprays. Flying at eight metres per second, the drone is not only fast but also durable with both anti-corrosive and waterproofing measures designed to keep the drone in flight during even some little rain.

With the ability to fly manually or automatically, the drone is set to help out farmers by not only automatically crop spraying but with the eventual attachment of sensors feeding back information on the crops and farmland. Costing roughly $15,000 (approximately £9937.20) according to DJI’s comments to the wall street journal it comes in a little higher than the average consumer drone.

Elon Musk Is Hiring a Farmer

Elon Musk’s space project – SpaceX, is after a farmer. The announcement came via a job posting this week.

Now hold your horses, just like many of us, you may well have become intrigued by the possibility that Musk and Co. were investigating the possibility of farming on Mars. It turns out that this is probably not the case.

The posting itself is quite earth-related –

  • Perform practical farm activities, e.g. driving tractors, operating machinery, spraying fields, etc.

  • Procure equipment and supplies, e.g. tractors, implements, fertilizer and seed

  • Perform or arrange for the maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment

  • Maintain, monitor, and perform actions as necessary to increase the quality of crop yield

Agriculture.com (via The Verge) says that the posting is probably to do with SpaceX’s finances rather than Martian exploration. They suggest that it’s all down to the tax exemptions that can be brought by declaring land as farm land, as well as the purchase of farming equipment.

Anyway, if you are a farmer in McGregor, Texas and you’re interested in space, this job could be a nice fit.

Source: The Verge