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Aloha Richard, saw the article about uav agricultural applications. The big thing happening right now is getting infrared cameras on them, on a consumer level. There are a couple nice ones coming but this guy figured out how to modify a $40 video camera to an IR camera.

http://flightriot.com/tag/infrared/

The attached is my ardrone. The one you are shown with has a much more powerful transciever, looks like it might need to be licensed. So, mine is wifi, an android tablet, shoulder harness (looks geeky but really allows hands free) and using a PS3 controller. The ardrone is capable of acrobatics but I am still learning it in-doors. Tried it outside, ended up getting a cinder stuck between the propeller and shroud, threw it off like a slingshot, made the whole thing go out of balance and crashed into a papaya tree. It seemed to be really messed up but a hard reset fixed it, so it's good to go again. Your point about helicopter cost compared to uav cost was right on target. - Ted

Howzit Ted
Thanks for the info.I asked a friend at CTAHR UH Manoa if she could find some Bunchy Top Virus affected plants so Ted Ralston could make an infrared profile. she wrote me:...Yes, I can find many locations. We should start in waimanalo. He can contact me and we can arrange a time to find positive plants.

I am tied up this week with our taro field day, but we could set something up for the following week. I have Wednesday free, 26th.

Thanks for the info on the ozone machine too, we may try it here if I can find $$.

Keep up the great job in advancing Hawaii's ag industry....

Hi Ted and Richard,
I've also done experiments with a UAV (3DR Hexa-C) to try to take aerials of my tea farm on the Big Island. So far, it has been really hard to fly, and on the second flight the tradewinds caught it at 100 feet and slammed it into a tall eucalypt, where the $900 UAV and $600 camera promptly vanished. (A tree crew is still looking for it a week later.) I am hoping these things get more reliable and robust, especially to wind!

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