The Start-up

We are a start-up Drone4Agro and are aiming to develop a fully certified drone for agricultural applications that can carry 100 kg payload with a flight duration of 20 minutes. In our team we a a full range of expertise fields to carry out this task.
Over the last year we have developed and tested a working proof of concept. Currently we are testing programmed flight. The drone will have substantial markets in North America, Middle East, and other emerging market economies. Preliminary studies in some export market crops clearly show the advantage: it can reduce production costs by 50% and increase crop yields by 20 %.

We have built up a huge network with aviation certifiers, farmer organizations and suppliers.
We are working together with Universities of Wageningen (precision agriculture), Twente (Aerodynamics), Delft (Robotics) and others.

In 2 years we will make an internationally certified drone for agriculture, the flying working horse for agriculture. With the award we can materialize our dream. A business plan is available.

We are aiming for an EU project support and have a business plan available for angel investors and crowd funding hunters.

The product

The drone4agro is a drone is a multicopter vehicle with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) ability  that enables you to carry 100 kg of payload through the air for the agricultural applications. The main advantageover the helicopter is the fact that:
  • The drone is 24/7 operational as it is remotely piloted and silent;
  • The drone is much lower in costs
  • The precision of the drone in dusting is high: with GPS the accuracy is high and it flies according to a GPS planned scanning of the fields
  • The drone is a much smaller vehicle with length and width of 3 by 2,5 meters, also easier and less expensive for maintenance. It doesn’t require any kind of runway, or an aircraft hangar like today’s modern general aviation airplanes.
  • As compared to tractors and their implements it does not create soil compaction or need wheel trails that occupy space where plants could have grown and often result in disease areas.
We designed the Proof of Concept  to be flexible. With 12 motors arranged in 6 coaxial groups the drone can keep level flight with even 2 motors out of function. Our fly-by-wire system provides automatic control adjustment in order to maintain controllable and stable flight. In the case of more serious failure built in rocket parachute can be deployed providing safe landing.

Maximum available lift capability of is approximately twice of aircraft take-off weight (150kg cca) in order to have sufficient thrust for climb and maneuvering.

With sufficient financial backup we hope to develop this proof of concept further and widen both flight envelope and fields of applications. A few possible and perspective applications  apart from the agricultural envelop are:

  • Firefighting drone used for extinguishing smaller fires on hard to reach areas and reconnaissance
  • Search and rescue drone, used for quick medical supplying and extraction
  • Environmental drone used for gathering data, samples and environmental reconnaissance
  • Reforestation drone
  • Supply drone, used for delivering critical materials in hard to reach terrains.
Please visit our Media page to see some of our ideas related to above applications.

We hope that we can work together with different teams around the globe who share this dream:
  • Certification bodies who can constructively advice on the airworthiness of the craft.
  • Test and Build prototypes with local funding
  • Work out the issues, like safety (eg. parachute, airbags) battery technology, range extender, flight duration time, etc.
So we invite you to join the effort and to discuss possible contribution to the project. Interested don’t hesitate to contact us! We can also skype!

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