DJI introduces AGRAS T20 drone for precision agriculture spraying

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Drone and camera technology company DJI has launched an agriculture drone, the DJI AGRAS T20

The drone can monitor and control the four hoses individually, ensuring an efficient flow rate for each nozzle. (Image source: DJI)

This precision agriculture spraying drone packs impressive features into a modular and portable design, making it accessible and scalable for farmers who are ready to apply digital insights and automated spray technology into their operations.

The drone is optimised to work in the most complicated environments and different agricultural lands, from its easy autonomous flight planning and terrainsensing radar, to its extended flight time, high payload capacity, and off-the-grid power options.

It can carry a maximum payload of 20kg, and the layout of the nozzles have been optimised to achieve a 20% improvement on the uniformity of spray droplets and the effective spray width of seven metres. It is equipped with eight nozzles and high-volume pumps that can spray at a rate of up to 6 L/min. A highly optimised wind field produces droplets ideal in size and consistency. With the new four-channel electromagnetic flow metre design, it can monitor and control the four hoses individually, ensuring an efficient flow rate for each nozzle.

It is equipped with an omnidirectional digital radar system capable of detecting obstacles in all horizontal directions. It can also automatically circumvent obstacles while flying over different terrains, ensuring a high level of operational safety.

In addition, the drone enables users to easily set flight and operating parameters. With an integrated RTK centimetre-level positioning system and RTK dongles, centimetre-level waypoint recording is enabled, greatly enhancing operations and ensuring precision spraying. It also comes with a real-time FPV camera and two searchlights, providing users with a full live view even during low-light operations.

With a robust modular design, the drone folds and unfolds in seconds, making it more portable than other agriculture drones. The spray tank and battery are both swappable, reducing downtime and increasing workflow significantly. Thanks to a new programmable DJI AGRAS Smart Controller 2.0 and the DJI AGRAS app, the user interface runs smoothly and is incredibly intuitive. In addition, the smart controller comes with an ultra-bright 5.5-inch display, which remains readable even under direct sunlight. It also supports external battery packs and can last twice as long as other remote controllers, perfect for lengthy or heavy workloads.

DJI agricultural solution packages are designed to monitor crop health and generate variable treatment processes. Using P4 Multispectral, operators can scan target areas and generate multispectral charts that provide actionable insights into crop health and help to formulate variable spraying and seed maps.

Navigating through challenging terrains is now a matter of the past, thanks to the 3D Flight Route Planning solution. Using Phantom 4 RTK, operators can scan and map target areas, making it easier to identify all aspects of the field. In Orchard Mode 3.0, 3D flight paths can be generated based on the shapes of each tree after they have been identified. Afterwards, users can perform efficient spraying with their DJI AGRAS T20.

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