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Ag enters the Drone Era

Ag enters the Drone Era | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

When it comes to the potential for agriculture, Kansas State University precision agriculture specialist Dr. Kevin Price thinks the growth in the next few years “is gonna blow your socks off.”

 

“About 80% of the money that will be spent on the unmanned aircraft systems will be spent in the area of agriculture. There are ten times more applications in agriculture then there is in any of the other application areas,” said Dr. Price. “They’re predicting it’s going to be close to a 100 billion dollar industry by the year 2025.”

 

He said agriculture applications for drones in development include data collection on crop health and yields, nitrogen and chemical applications, spot treating of insects and disease, and much more. Data collection of field images by cameras mounted on drones within an inch of accuracy.

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Military drones zero in on $400 billion civilian market | Reuters

Military drones zero in on $400 billion civilian market | Reuters | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

LONDON (Reuters) - Military drone technology, which has revolutionized warfare over the last decade, will be ready for civilian use within four years and could create a market worth more than $400 billion.


That's the prediction from a UK research project backed by the government and top aerospace companies hoping for a windfall as many of the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs done by manned aircraft are replaced by drones.


The consortium behind the program, which includes BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce, sees potential uses for drones from search and rescue to checking oil pipelines, jobs currently done with expensive aircraft flown by pilots who get tired and often in treacherous conditions.


By Chris Wickham

14 Nov 12


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Drone industry predicts explosive economic boost

Drone industry predicts explosive economic boost | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it
The impact of drones on privacy and national security remain matters of intense debate, but the economic impact, however, is becoming clearer by the day.

 

Private-sector drones will create more than 70,000 jobs within three years and will pump $82 billion into the U.S. economy by 2025, according to a major new study commissioned by the industry’s leading trade group, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International(AUVSI). The study assumes that drones are fully integrated into the national airspace by 2015, in line with the current schedule set by Congress.


But the motivation behind Tuesday’s report runs deeper than just dollars and cents. With more than 20 states considering bills to limit what drones can do — including a two-year moratorium on all government use in Virginia — and at least a half-dozen similar measures being kicked around in Congress, the industry faces an uncertain future.

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Drone demand could be big boost to economy

Drone demand could be big boost to economy | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

Within the next decade unmanned aerial vehicles are expected to bring in $89 billion worldwide and the U.S. is expected to dominate an estimated 62 percent of that market. That is if the Federal Aviation Administration meets congressional guidelines and deadlines for UAV use in the national airspace.


Sep 28, 2012

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