Ag research base set up at Casselton Airport using drone

CASSELTON, ND (KFGO) – Elbit Systems of America is conducting agricultural research flying a drone from the Casseltion Regional Airport. 

The Fort Worth-based subsidary of Elbit Systems Ltd., an Israel-based international defense electronic company,  uses the unmanned aerial vehicle to gather crop data over a wide area of North Dakota with a high resolution video camera. The drone is remotely flown by pilots at the same site. 

The Hermes 450 drone is large, with a 35 foot wing-span. The camera is capable of collecting 40,000 acres of images per hour from an altitude of 10,000 feet that is so accurate, it can measure plants at a two inch size. The drone is capable of staying airborne for 17 hours. 

Elbit Systems of America has been working with NDSU and UND on the project and eventually hopes to set up business and sell the data to farmers, providing accurate details on crop conditions.  Flying

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