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AeroVironment Applies UAV To Study Water Stress In Almonds

Monrovia, California-based unmanned aerial vehicle maker AeroVironment is ramping up its efforts in developing more commercial applications for its drones, saying it has launched a new effort with California State University, Fresno on identifying water stress in almond production using its UAVs. According to AeroVironment, the year-long study will focus on how unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imagery and analytics could potentially detect varying levels of water stress in almond trees, and help drive more effective in-season water management decisions. AeroVironment said it would be using its Puma UAV, combined with a 24 megapixels photogrammetric camera and 6-channel multispectral sensor, in the study.


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