This long-endurance autonomous helicopter sprays crops with high efficiency

If technology has been the main engine of the revolution in the agricultural sector in recent years, monitoring and spraying crops from the air will be the next impetus.

After five years of development, the Chinese agricultural service provider Chufangagri has introduced a spraying helicopter called 3WQF170. It is proof that the agricultural industry is increasingly turning to drones to do tasks that tractors and other wheeled machines cannot.

The new spraying helicopter has the advantages of long endurance, high efficiency, and easy maintenance, etc., and is a powerful tool for your plant protection work. This, in combination with other systems, makes it possible to better target spraying to the required areas. It is thus more environmentally friendly and saves costs.

This long endurance autonomous helicopter sprays crops with high efficiency.
It is a powerful tool for your plant protection work. Credit: Chufangagri

The 3WQF170 is made up of five main modules (power system, flight control system, spraying system). “It is easy to operate because of many advanced functions with it, such as autonomous flight, breakpoint return, obstacle avoidance, etc.,” the company website reads.

The UAV measures 220 cm in length, 62 cm in width, and 72 cm in height and has a net weight of 35kg. It has a total take-off weight of 60kg and can carry payloads, such as the various sprays needed for plant protection, of up to 18kg.

The 3WQF170 has the option of manual or automatic control. The manual control allows the user to control the equipment remotely, while the automatic allows the vehicle to control the flight path through Artificial Intelligence (AI). Because of its excellent performance in spraying efficiency and spraying penetration capacity, the helicopter is widely used for different crops and plants, especially for large fields and fruit trees.

Combined with technology for recognizing pests and plant diseases, the solution makes sense for the early prevention of the spread of the disease.

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