APIS, the pollinator drone – Presented by Anthony Van der Pluijm & Aleksandar Petrov, Delft University of Technology

Micro Air Vehicle Lab

APIS, the pollinator drone – Presented by Anthony Van der Pluijm & Aleksandar Petrov, Delft University of Technology, Micro Air Vehicle Lab, at the Smart Farming Conference, Jun 29, 2017, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Pollination, typically done by bees, is in some cases insufficient or ineffective. For this reason, a proof of concept of a fully autonomous micro air vehicle is being designed for greenhouses. Both a market study and an investigation into the engineering challenges were performed. Indeed, the technological advances that have been made in indoor navigation, miniaturization and precise vision based control have allowed the opportunity for this project. The combination of aspects such as safety, sustainability and efficiency have led to a unique design, the APIS (Autonomous Pollination and Imaging System). Continue reading “APIS, the pollinator drone – Presented by Anthony Van der Pluijm & Aleksandar Petrov, Delft University of Technology”