The use of drones for precision agriculture is gaining momentum because of their capability to deliver the most updated information fast and efficiently. UAVs are transforming how agriculture is done. By implementing drone technology, farms and agriculture businesses can improve crop profit, save time, and make land management decisions that’ll improve long-term success.
A few weeks ago Quaternium tested their innovative HYBRiX drone to spray fertilizers in the orange fields near Valencia, Spain. With this system of much longer flight-duration, farmers can now have the opportunity to monitor and spray their fields, not only in a precise manner but also in the shortest amount of time.
Pedro Andreu (Pere) was more than excited to get HYBRiX to his farm. While operating the drone he stated, “I am really glad to see that the entire spraying process in my orange fields has hardly taken 6 hours. With other drones, we had to spend multiple hours waiting for batteries to charge and days to finish the work.” He also added that he is fully convinced in using this technology and the power it has to simplify his work and to engage farmers in the neighborhood to join him and implement this technology in their working life.
Accompanying the Quaternium team was Alicia Fuentes, the CEO of Quaternium. During the testing of the HYBRiX, she expressed that farmers could benefit by using precision farming technology in a variety of ways; from monitoring the health of their crops, estimating soil conditions, planting future crops, fighting infections and pests, update the health of plants and livestock monitoring. She vowed to excel in helping Agriculturists with the Precision Drone Technology to ease their work in their fields.
To explain better, HYBRiX UAS operates using a Hybrid Electric-Fuel System. This makes it easy to operate the Multirotor drone through the fields of any agriculture farm during the whole day, just by refilling the spraying tank when needed and the fuel tank every 2-3 hours. This is thanks to its built-in capacity of 5 liters of fuel that, compared to normal battery-operated systems found in electric drones, enables HYBRiX to surpass the flying time from some minutes to 2 to 4 hours. The powerful propulsion system of HYBRiX allows the aircraft to carry up to 10 liters of liquid, with a maximum takeoff weight of 25 kg. The combination of Hybrid Power with its increased range extender capacity, allows the farmer to cover large acres of land without carrying uncomfortable batteries and ensure long flight time in the field with their aircraft.
On achieving this milestone, Quaternium is now focused on refining this technology to extend crop protection across the country so that farmers can benefit from the outcome to make their work more efficient.
When it comes to revolutionizing drones, we meet the man behind the products of Quaternium, Jose Luis Cortes, also the creator of Spidex. He came up with the idea of the HYBRiX to solve the problem that brings head to thousands of operators of commercial drones worldwide, the flight autonomy.
All in all, the development of agricultural drone technology is a complex field that will require partnering between farmers and UAS operators. Quaternium successfully achieved this first stage of the pilot with “Pere” and now is interested in learning further and helping other farmers cultivate with ease and precision. Based on the features of the farming industry it takes a big effort for farmers to adopt UAV technology into their working processes, and Quaternium Team is highly motivated to help take agriculture technology to the next level.