Smart micro drones on display
Imagine a farmer driving along his property, a micro drone based autonomous platform for precision farming mounted to the back of his truck, precisely monitoring different areas of his farm and possibly even individual plants. This platform will be capable of planning and executing drone missions and processing data collected from the individual micro drones, fitted with low cost sensors specific for a particular organic volatile marker that can be directly correlated to various chemical and biological stages of crop degradation.
Researchers in CSIRO’s AIM FSP ( Karolina Petkovic and Michael Best) have teamed up with their partners at Swinburne University ( Prof Romesh Nagarajah and students: Michael Pieniazek, Vincent Bombonel and Jeremiah Flasza) to work towards this vision. A first prototype of micro drones autonomous platform has been presented on Swinburne Open Day (30th of July).