AgTech: Yamaha RMAX Introduces Drones for Agriculture Use

Yamaha RMAX introduces agriculture UAV or drones for high technology agriculture or farming. It simplifies maintenance of large farm with minimum human work.

Agricultural uses include spraying, seeding, remote sensing, precision agriculture, frost mitigation and variable rate dispersal. In Japan, RMAX helicopters are primarily used for seeding and spraying rice. Given the unique features of the RMAX, the opportunities in Australia and New Zealand are endless. Sky Division Australia is working with several agricultural industry bodies, grower's groups and government departments on new projects. It offers 2 types of spraying facility- granular sprayer & liquid sprayer for ease in operation and as per crop requirement.

- YACS Warning Light/GPS Indicator Light: The YACS warning light and GPS indicator light alert the operator to any potential problems whilst in flight.

- Self-Monitor Function: The self-monitor function enables the helicopter to make a self-check on each part of the helicopter before flying and notify the operator of defects, if any, on the self-monitor indicators.

- Moving Wheels / Handling Grips: Wheels on the landing gear enable the RMAX to be moved by a single operator. With a total weight of 100kg the RMAX can be loaded by two people.

- Main Rotor: The main rotor will come to a stop within approximately 20 seconds with the rotor brake used after the engine is stopped. Being able to quickly stop the rotors increases safety and allows for fast refilling.

- Optimum Dispersal: The RMAX Type II G incorporates a warning system to alert the pilot if flying speed during spraying exceeds 20km per hour. This takes the guess work out of precision spraying and seeding.

- Ensuring Safety: The frame of the YACS warning light will flash for 15 seconds after starting the engine, during which the engine will come to a stop if the throttle stick is manipulated excessively.

- Specifically Developed Engine For RMAX: The 246 cc horizontally opposed 2 stroke is liquid cooled to cope with the hottest weather. Compact and lightweight, this unit has been specifically designed for reliability and high power output.

- Possible to control a number of helicopters: Using six frequencies in combination to control a number of helicopters during spraying operation with no crosstalk interference.

- High-performance GPS: The high performance GPS increases helicopter stability, speed, altitude and directional control, making on-target dispersal simple, safe and accurate.

- Ease of hovering: RMAX will automatically slow down when the throttle stick is returned to the neutral position.

- Braking and speed control: The helicopter will slow down by just returning the throttle stick to the neutral position, thus ensuring ease of bringing the helicopter into a hover.

- In case of radio interference: The helicopter will decelerate quickly. It will achieve a stable hover, and then if radio communication is not re established the helicopter will slowly descend vertically, once on the ground the motor will quickly stop.

Source : Yamaha-motor