Apple Academic Press
362 pages | 61 B/W Illus.
This important volume provides a plethora of information on aerial vehicles and their possible roles in revolutionizing agricultural procedures through spectral analysis of terrains, soils, crops, soils, water resources, diseases, floods, drought, and farm activities. There are several semi-autonomous and autonomous (robotic) aerial vehicles that are being examined for their efficiency in offering detailed spectral data about agrarian regions and individual farms. Among them, small drone aircrafts such as fixed-winged and copter models have already caught the imagination of farmers. They are spreading fast in every nook and corner of the farm world. However, there are many more aerial robots that are utilized in greater detail during farming. In this volume, the focus is on aerial vehicles such as the parafoils, blimps, aerostats, and kites and how they are being evaluated for use in experimental farms and fields. A few aerial vehicles, such as robotic parafoils, have been adopted to procure aerial spectral data and visual imagery to aid agronomic procedures.
1. Introduction 2. Parachutes and Parafoils in Agricultural Crop Production 3. Blimps in Agricultural Crop Production: A Recent Initiative 4. Aerostats, Helikites, and Balloons in Agriculture 5. Kites in Agrarian Regions