New technical committee formed to standardize use of UAVs

New technical committee formed to standardize use of UAVs

Drones switched from becoming a gee-whiz gadget to a technology that has become part of our ag fabric last week when the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announced it has formed a technical committee to study this emerging technology.

The new ASABE Committee for Unmanned Aerial Systems will become one of more than three dozen established committees in the society’s Machinery Systems umbrella. As stated in a news release issued this week, “The UAS committee, designated MS-60, will focus on research, education, and the development of standards pertaining to this rapidly expanding area of the agricultural industry.”

Wayne Woldt, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will head up the new committee. As outlined in the news release, the committee will address the development and applications of unmanned aerial systems in agriculture, associated autonomous control systems, integrated multi-mode sensor payloads, data links and communication systems, and synthesis of UAS-derived data across the full scope of ASABE technical interests.

You can read about some of the challenges ahead in this article by Sean Higgins for the Commerical UAV Expo, of which Farm Industry News is a media sponsor.

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