XAG reveals new generation ag drones and field robot

03-01-2022 | |
XAG P100 Agricultural Drone spraying a rice paddy. - Photo: XAG
XAG P100 Agricultural Drone spraying a rice paddy. - Photo: XAG

Five new products, including the XAG V50 and P100 Agricultural Drone, XAG M500 and M2000 Remote Sensing Drone, and the updated XAG R150 Unmanned Ground Vehicle, were released in China and will be globally available in 2022.

The two new models of the XAG Agricultural Drone, P100 and V50, follow brand new principles from their structural design to task systems. The XAG P100 inherits the quadrotor structure with a 40kg effective payload, while the V50 adopts XAG’s dual tilt-wing design to meet the needs of different users based on the farm size.

Crop spraying, granule spreading and field survey

Both new drones can switch between the function of crop spraying, granule spreading and field survey. Transportation and maintenance are also made much easier to increase operation efficiency, says XAG.

In the past, the agricultural drones were unable to work without network signals because its autonomous flight relies on the RTK signal of the 4G network. Now with the more advanced SuperX 4 Pro flight control system, XAG claims the P100 and V50 can remain in steady, high-accuracy operation around farms even with weak internet infrastructure.

Less pesticides

XAG has also upgraded the three task systems on both P100 and V50 Agricultural Drone to further improve efficiency and precision in 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 40-600μm, and therefore cut down the use of pesticides.

The XAG RevoCast 2.0 system was redesigned with dual vertical centrifugal discs and novel smart screw feeder, which can achieve a broadcast efficiency of 80kg urea per minute. XAG RealTerra 2.0 as the mapping module can equip the drone with the ability to survey a maximum area of 13 hectares per sortie in farmland and orchard. It supports real-time mapping and is able to generate high-definition field maps immediately once landing.

A more scalable self-driving platform

XAG has made further technological upgrades to the R150 Unmanned Ground Vehicle. The new generation of XAG R150 is a scalable open payload platform that can be operate with different task systems for high-precision crop spraying, fertilisation, and mowing.

The improved RevoMower 2.0 system facilitates grass cutting on complex terrains such as farmland, mudflats, and orchards. Featuring a 6-kilowatt cutting power and dual-blade structure, XAG R150 can control weeds. In addition, XAG has added the HydraulicSpray system to its R150.

With the the SuperX 4 Pro Control System, XAG R150 can drive fully autonomously for a longer period of time. Leveraging machine vision and MMV 4D imaging radar, it can perform auto-location of field ridges and visual tracking, while automatically avoiding obstacles.

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The new XAG R150 Unmanned Ground Vehicle. - Photo: XAG
The new XAG R150 Unmanned Ground Vehicle. - Photo: XAG

Smarter remote sensing drone

XAG released two new models of M series remote sensing drones, M500 and M2000. The XAG M500 Remote Sensing Drone supports four types of gimbal cameras with different megapixels and wavebands for quick farmland mapping and crop scouting. By taking HD farmland images and generating digital field maps, 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.

For large-scale and high-frequency farmland surveying, the XAG M2000 Remote Sensing Drone would be a more ideal solution, says XAG. This is the company’s first-ever EVOTL (Electric Vertical Take-off and Landing) fixed-wing flight platform. Equipped with a fast charging battery, XAG M2000 can fly up to 90 minutes in a single sortie and map an area of up to 533 hectares.

Hugo Claver Web editor for Future Farming
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