In Colombia, using drones to combat cocaine plantations
Due to the widespread popularity of the radio-controlled drones, they "took" even the lower price segment, becoming the product available to the masses. In this case drones began to be perceived not only as "a toy for pampering and shooting commercials," but you can find them more interesting application. For example, the Colombian government decided to use drones to fight the cocaine plantations. Moreover, video surveillance banal this fight is not limited.
, a very interesting application informs edition The Wall Street Journal. The idea, by and large, is not new, but only slightly modified: right now to combat the cultivation of drugs used light manned aircraft - "maize" that patrol remote areas in search of coca crops. After discovering these fields reset the herbicide glyphosate - a powerful tool for controlling weeds, destroy them for the long term. However, the use of aircraft have a problem: they are flying at high altitude and after a reset of glyphosate it is spread by wind and water currents. Part of it is not just misses "the mark", but can also damage the useful crops and forests. Not to mention the harm to the animals. Drones to help solve this problem. They shed their substance from a height of 2 meters. Moreover, recognition of crop system may itself determine the landing site of coca, differentiating it from coffee, corn and other crops, which often mask this plant. In addition, the system will also avoid spraying near water pollutants and national parks, telling about these places landings in law enforcement.