U.S. used seeding drones to spreading for forest

DroneSeed company seeding drone

The foreign "wildfire today" website reported on December 6 that DroneSeed, which uses seeding drone fleets to reforest areas destroyed by wildfires, has been approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in October. Its heavy-duty drones fly beyond the visual range and expand their use from the existing states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho to California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

According to reports, the FAA allows drones to start reforestation when the fire is under control and the airspace is clear. 4 to 6 seeds, fertilizer, insect repellent and absorbent fiber material will be packed in a container.

The company designed a system around drones to achieve precise seeding. First, they used a drone equipped with lidar and multispectral cameras to measure terrain and vegetation. If there is no immediate reseeding after the fire, herbicides can be sprayed to reduce competition for new saplings. The software can identify areas with invasive species or other plants that need to be cleared, and the drone can then accurately apply herbicides. The next step is to use artificial intelligence to classify the map data to find where the fallen seeds are most likely to germinate, avoiding places such as rocks, roads, and unburned locations. After takeoff, five drones can fly autonomously.

DroneSeed CEO Grant Canary (Grant Canary) said that 5 drones can plant 25 to 50 acres (152 to 304 acres) per day. When performing seeding operations, each drone can fly for 8 to 18 minutes and then return home to reload a 57-pound (26 kg) seed container and change the battery, which takes 6 minutes.

According to the report, the company has already burned 1 million acres (approximately 4,046 square kilometers) in the "August Fire" in Northern California this year, and 173,000 acres (approximately 700 square kilometers) burned in the "Holiday Farm Fire" in Oregon. Part of the area was replanted.

Flydragon seeding drone

Spreading  drone for agriculture 10 KG payload


Wheelbase: 1400MM
Folding size: 880*820*500 MM
Tank catacity: 10KGS
Frame weight : 7KGS(including spreading system)
Maximum takeoff weight: 26KGS
Motor: Hobbywing X6 or 6215 180KV
Propeller: 24*8.5 inch
Supply voltage: 12S
Power system kit weight: 0.76KGS
Maximum pulling force: 10.3KGS
Recommended single axis load: 4-5 KG

What are the main uses for a spreader drone?

Seed Spreading

Seed spreading, or spreading fertilizer with a drone allows a user to reach places that traditionally would be hard to access, or to simply spread seeds much faster. Our seed spreader drones can spread up to 40x faster than manual spreading, and allow users to spread seeds quickly and efficiently on hills, wetlands, and other places that heavy machinery would have a hard time reaching.

Spreading Moss Killer

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Spreading Seeds In Wetlands

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Spreading Ice Melter

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Spreading Lime

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Spreading Corn

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Spreading Fish Feed

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Spreading Aggregate

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