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Design and Implement Low-cost UAV for Agriculture Monitoring

Dang, Thi Huong Giang and Vu, Minh Trung and Vuong, Quang Huy and Nguyen, Viet Thang and Quach, Cong Hoang and Truong, Ninh Thuan and Pham, Minh Trien (2019) Design and Implement Low-cost UAV for Agriculture Monitoring. In: The 5th International Conference on Engineering Mechanics and Automation, 11-12 October 2019, Hanoi.

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In the recent years, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) on agriculture have become more common with many applications such as: crop monitoring, irrigation, crop protection, etc. However, UAV’s cost is too expensive for agriculture application. The aim of the research is to develop a compact and cost-effective drone for agriculture monitoring. The first phase of the paper presents the design and implementation of quadcopter while the second phase provides mapping process. There are many difficult problems for farmers to check crop health in large-scale field. The drone mobility helps to solve large area monitoring problems and minimizes crop care costs. The basic components used for the quadcopter design were Pixhawk 4 flight controller, SunnySky brushless motor, Electronic Speed Controller (ESC), Lipo Battery, Skydroid Radio Control and an RGB camera. The quadcopter is set to fly under preset path and the images are captured continuously during flight. The images taken from drone are matched to form 2D map. For agriculture application, 2D map can be used for determining land distribution, current crop life cycle, vegetables heath. Therefore, farmers can promptly adjust factors which affecting plant health to improve the productivity. The implemented drone had a stable and handy quadcopter with payload approximately 1.50 kg and 15 minutes flight time. The system has been tested under different scenarios. The 2D map is built with the clear image and the accuracy up to 99%. It is suitable for agriculture monitoring with reasonable price.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Subjects: Electronics and Communications
Divisions: Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications (FET)
School of Aerospace Engineering (SAE)
Depositing User: Dr Minh Trien Pham
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2019 03:39
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 03:39

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