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Development of a Universal Seeder System to Be Applied in Drones

Raimundo Felismina 1, Miguel Silva 1, Artur Mateus 1, and Cândida Malça 1,2
1. Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Marinha Grande, Portugal
2. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Abstract—The number of applications that Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, can have is absolutely amazing. From applications for military purposes to personal requests undergoing civilian applications, the literature demonstrates the extent and usefulness that drones represent nowadays. This paper aims to contribute positively to the growth of the economic sector of agriculture since it has the purpose of developing a seeder that will be able to be coupled to any type of drone. Besides being used to make a random seed, this seeder allows for the deposition of seeds with positional accuracy, i.e., seeds will be accurately deposited at pre-established distances between plants. A coupling system between seeder and drone that regards the specifications of UAVs manufacturer to ensure that operations are carried out safely was also designed. Furthermore, a communication interface between UAVs and a peripheral integrated system that enables operation of the assembly was also developed.
Index Terms—UAVs, drones, seeder, plantation, agriculture, agro-ecological

Cite: Raimundo Felismina, Miguel Silva, Artur Mateus, and Cândida Malça, "Development of a Universal Seeder System to Be Applied in Drones," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 123-127, June 2017. Doi: 10.18178/joaat.4.2.123-127
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