Most drones sold today are designed for recreational use: flying it around your backyard or shooting videos of your outdoor adventures. But it’s not all fun and games. DJI has entered agricultural airspace with its new Agras MG-1, a $15,000 crop sprayer.
The Chinese manufacturer’s latest offering is designed to spray pesticides on crops from its 2.6-gallon tank. The eight-rotor drone can fly for about 12 minutes on a single charge. DJI says it can spray between seven and 10 acres of farmland per hour, depending on the terrain it has to cover. Of course, that doesn’t count the time it takes to charge its batteries.
In addition, the MG-1 is dust-resistant and contains a cooling system to keep its internals in good shape and extend the drone’s life. Best of all, it can be set to cover a pre-defined area automatically.
Pre-orders for the MG-1 start today in China, and soon in South Korea and other markets. Continue reading