American company Precision Hawk has developed a drone or unmanned aircraft capable of scaring away pests of vineyards, and this opens a world of possibilities for applications which can benefit the wine industry.
The first thing people think when listening about drones is that they are unmanned aircraft used by military overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, but drones are able to perform other tasks and are being used to benefit the wine industry.
American company Precision Hawk, with its UAV technology, has created drones previously modified to resemble a hawk, in order to scare off pest birds that come to the vineyards.
In addition, with a data collection system for producers in terms of plant research, conservation and crop production, it promises to revolutionize the culture system for future generations.
?Once the data collection is completed, drones' computers automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks and transfer all remote sensing data, flight information and diagnostics on remote servers?, says Ernest Earon, Precision Hawk's founder and president.
The latest drone model ?Hawk?, which is how they are called, is the Lancaster Mark III, a small UAV wing, weighing only 1.3 kg, fully autonomous and capable of collecting high-resolution and data remote sensing.
With only a meter long from ?nose? to ?tail?, the UAV is extremely quiet, making it easy to work in deterring pest birds and identifying diseases and insects; it can also detect nutrient deficiencies and compare genetically the crops in order to achieve higher outputs with less resources.
By achieving such advantages with drones or unmanned aircraft, winemakers worldwide have the potential to improve their crop production, optimize resources and protect the vineyards without human labour.
Additionally they can know nutrient deficiencies to avoid crop losses, and thus optimize the grape production in order to make the vintage as complete as possible.
Now, if only the drones could catch the grapes on the fly and perform the crop automatically, we could get a perfect and fully automated red wine.
What do you think? Do you think the Rioja heaven will soon be populated by drones? Is the future of wine here? While drones arrive, let's have a toast for them:
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