NASA scans Coffee plantations from above to help growers

NASA scans Coffee plantations from above to help growers

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09 Sept2002 A remotely piloted aircraft will fly over the largest coffee plantation in the United States, located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, to test the commercial use of a solar-powered uninhabited aerial vehicle (UAV) in agriculture.

Researchers envision that ultimately these aircraft will fly over wildfires, floods and helping forest firefighters, disaster relief workers and farmers by providing near real-time high-resolution imagery.

Live interviews will originate from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Reporters will be able to ask questions of Herwitz and some of his team members from NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. who are participating in a test flight of the UAV.