December 27, 2021
China’s XAG has announced the launch of five new products aimed at agricultural usages that will be available globally in 2022. The XAG P50 and P100 agricultural drones, M500 and M2000 Remote Sensing Drones, and an updated XAG R150 Unmanned Ground Vehicle aim to empower farmers with more sophisticated autonomous solutions, the company said.
XAG said it has scaled up its agricultural drones across 42 countries and regions to help bridge the digital divide in rural areas over the past eight years. The new drones and robots also “leapfrog the previous models in terms of efficiency, precision, and safety,” XAG said.
The XAG P100 inherits the classical quadrotor structure with a 40 kg effective payload, while the V50 adopts XAG’s dual tilt-wing design to meet the needs of different users based on the farm size. Both drones can fully separate their flying platform from task systems, which means they can switch between the function of crop spraying, granule spreading and field survey. XAG said transportation and maintenance were also made easier to help increase operation efficiency.
Network communications have been improved through the SuperX 4 Pro flight control system, which allows the P100 and V50 to remain steady and accurate, even around farms with weak Internet infrastructure. The company said it also upgraded the three task systems on the P100 and V50 to improve efficiency and precision with various application scenarios. The XAG RevoSpray 2.0 system adopts the intelligent rotary atomization technology that allows fine droplets to be accurately sprayed between the size of 40 to 600 μm, reducing the use of pesticides. The RealTerra 2.0 mapping module can now survey a maximum area of 13 hectares per sortie in farmland and orchard areas, with real-time map stitching support and the ability to generate a high-definition field map immediately upon landing.
Upgrades to the XAG R150 UGV include a scalable open payload platform that can be given different tasks for crop spraying, fertilization, and mowing. The RevoMower 2.0 system facilitates grass cutting on complex terrains such as farmland, mudflats, and orchards. Featuring 6-kilowatt cutting power and a dual-blade structure, the R150 can control weeds and handle small shrubs with ease on farms, XAG said. “Users will no longer need to sit on a manual driving mower where they suffered from loud noise, dust, and mosquitoes,” the company added.
A new HydraulicSpray system lets users assemble a group of liquid pumps and pressure spray nozzles for crop protection to the R150. In addition, the R150 can drive fully autonomously for a longer duration due to upgrades to the SuperX 4 Pro Control System, which leverages binocular vision and MMV 4D imaging radar to auto-locate field ridges while automatically avoiding obstacles amongst trees.
The two new models of M series remote sensing drones, the M500 and M2000, address different demands of field mapping in rural areas, giving farmers efficient ways to obtain field information and crop growth status. The M500 Remote Sensing Drone follows the light and foldable design of the previous XMission system, supporting four types of gimbal cameras with different megapixels and wavebands for farmland mapping and crop scouting applications. By taking high-definition images and generating a digital field map, the XAG M500 can help farm managers quantify field conditions and indicators of crop growth, including irrigation, germination rate, crop density and height, pest diseases, and estimated crop yield, XAG said.
For larger scale and higher frequency farmland surveys, the XAG M2000 drone is more ideal, the company added. This is the company’s first-ever Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) fixed-wing flight platform, which can be deployed at any spot and take off without site constraints. The system includes a fast-charging battery to allow the M2000 to fly up to 90 minutes in a single sortie and map an area up to 533 hectares.
XAG also announced data from its “Super Cotton Farm” in Northwest China, which it launched in April 2021 with two post-1990s generation farmers who manage a 200-hectare cotton field with the help of drones, robots and AI. “After the trial of one planting season, the XAG Super Cotton Field has reduced its labor costs by 60% and used 36% less pesticides compared to a traditional farm,” XAG said. “The bumper harvest of snow-white cotton also demonstrates the scalability of an autonomous farm driven by digital technologies.” Another super farm project was launched by XAG at the end of 2021 in Guangzhou, China, for future promotions and tests.
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