Best Agricultural drone: Agras T16 drone

With the new Agras T16 agricultural drone, DJI adds another model to its existing range of Enterprise drones. The Agras T16 is designed explicitly for applying chemicals to fields and plantations and is intended to significantly speed up everyday work processes in this area.

Agras T16 Agricultural drone

The new Agras T16 hexacopter is not DJI’s first spray drone for the agricultural sector. With the MG1 octocopter, DJI has been offering heavy-lift drones specifically for agriculture for some time.

This agricultural drone, which has now been introduced, is said to impress primarily with its improved propulsion system, expanded sensor features, and a larger spray tank.

New engine, frame, and control unit

The Agras T16 drone has been completely rethought and rebuilt. Instead of eight motors, the drone now relies on a hexacopter design. 75-kV motors are used for propulsion, each developing a maximum thrust of 13.5 kg together with the 83.82 x 22.86 cm propellers.

The energy comes from the Intelligent Flight Batteries, designed as 14S HV LiPo with a voltage of 58.8V.

When empty, the agricultural drone weighs just under 18.5 kg. The normal take-off weight with a full spray tank (approx. 15 kg) and the battery is 39.5 kg. At this payload, the flight time with one battery (17,500 mAh) is about 10 minutes.

The new 2.6 kW charger for up to four batteries is said to completely refill a battery in just 20 minutes.

The carbon fiber frame also allows the drone to be easily folded down to about a quarter of its operating size. The spray system with eight spray nozzles and four pumps are already fully integrated into the frame. These are now said to cover a spraying width of 4 – 6.5 m at 1 – 3 m flight height.

The control unit is now also equipped with RTK receivers, allowing for much more accurate positioning of the Agras T16 drone. Furthermore, DJI has directly provided the central computing and sensor units with IP67 protection.

3D radar 

A new feature is the upgraded radar used for obstacle detection, including forward and reverse flight path adaptation. Through Digital Beam Forming (DBF), the radar can now create a 3D map of the environment to more accurately detect obstacles.

DJI has also equipped the agricultural drone’s radar with a much wider detection angle, so the sensor can now recognize a larger area at once. The Agras T16 drone uses this information to adjust its flight to slopes or elevations and drops in the terrain.

DJI is increasingly becoming a total one-stop-shop solution provider for agronomy customers who seek to buy an agricultural drone. As such, the new agronomy drone fully integrates with existing DJI solutions.

For example, the Agras T16 drone can access analysis data from the Phantom 4 RTK to survey farmland or, most recently, vegetation data from the P4 Multispectral.

This collected data is processed via DJI Terra and then provided to the Agras T16 drones via the DJI Agriculture Management Platform. In this way, the drones can target precisely those areas of the field that need to be covered.

FPV camera and new remote control

The new Agras T16 drone is controlled via the GL300N remote control with an integrated 5.5-inch display and full HD resolution. Since DJI is also using its OcuSync 2.0 radio protocol, multiple drones can be linked to one remote control and used with it.

DJI has also added a new FPV camera with a wide-angle lens for better manual control of the drone. This is now additionally equipped with two bright LEDs for illumination in low-visibility situations.

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