Unmanned Aerial Precision Spraying – a UK first

RUAS delivers gamechanger with Unmanned Aerial Precision Spraying – a UK first
RUAS the UAV Division of Railscape Ltd., one of the UK’s leading Commercial Drone Service & Training Providers, are a Newport (South Wales, UK) based company. The addition of UAPS to the range of services RUAS can offer reinforces its position as a Commercial Drone Service and Training Industry leader.

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UAPS Introduction:

RUAS introduce the Unmanned Aerial Precision Spraying (UAPS) as a UK first. A new technology that is a game-changer in the field of precision spraying, this innovative technology has the potential to revolutionise the way companies treat evasive species at hight or hard-to-reach environments providing more precise and accurate application of pesticides and herbicides. RUAS have developed, designed, and patented the UK’s first Unmanned Aerial Precision Sprayer.

UAPS Technology Overview:

RUAS’s UAPS technology is combined with a UAV airframe to apply pesticides, herbicides, and fertilisers. The Airframe and UAPS are equipped with advanced sensors and GPS technology that allows them to navigate the environment and apply the treatments accurately and safely in unison in managing locations considered hazardous or difficult to reach using conventional working methods.

The Unmanned Aerial Precision Spraying technology is an innovative development in the field of agriculture and the protection and maintenance of UK Infrastructures. It allows the user to apply pesticides, herbicides, and fertilisers with greater precision and accuracy, reducing the amount of waste and, for example, preventing harmful vegetation such as Buddleia damaging UK Infrastructure (UK Rail Networks, Highways and Solar Assets to name a few). This technology can potentially revolutionise agricultural and industrial spraying.

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UAPS Benefits:

There are many benefits to using RUAS’s Unmanned Aerial Precision Spraying technology. These include:

    1. Precision and Accuracy: The technology allows for more precise and accurate application of treatments, reducing waste.

    1. Efficiency: The use of UAVs reduces the time and labour required to apply treatments manually, making the process more efficient and cost-effective.

    1. Sustainability: By reducing the amount of waste and the need for excess treatments, the technology is more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

    1. Safety: The use of UAVs eliminates the need for workers to apply treatments in hazardous or hard-to-reach areas.

UAPS Impact:

The UK first UAPS technology has the potential to significantly impact the UK’s agricultural industry and, UK major Infrastructure. The technology can also help reduce the environmental impact of farming by reducing the need for excess treatments. The system, designed to deliver pesticides and herbicides via a sprayer attached to a UAV, means a gamechanger in managing locations considered hazardous or difficult to reach using conventional working-at-height methods.

The UAPS delivers safety, efficiency, and environmental benefits and whilst initially designed to operate within the railway environment, the utility of the sprayer means equally challenging environments are now in scope, such as restricted industrial areas or protected historical monuments.

The development of this innovative solution has provided RUAS & Railscape Ltd. the opportunity to develop and shape regulatory policy with the HSE (Chemical Regulations Division) and the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) to set the conditions for wider industry success within drone spraying.

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RUAS’s new Unmanned Aerial Precision Spraying technology is a game-changer in precision spaying. It provides Industry with a more precise, efficient, and sustainable way to apply treatments. The technology has the potential to revolutionise the way spraying is done currently within the UK and provide significant benefits to industry.

Tim Harris

February 16

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