DALLAS — Unmanned aircraft systems, known as drones or UAS, could be an important tool in boosting agricultural production to accommodate a roughly 30 percent global population increase to 9 billion people by 2050.
That was the message delivered by Bob Avant at the 2017 Texas UAS Summit May 10 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Avant is director of corporate relations for Texas A&M AgriLife Research at College Station and responsible for overseeing a major UAS research project involving more than 20 scientists in College Station.
“We’re going to have to have smart agriculture in the future,” he said. “We’re going to need to work very hard to get as much yield per acre as we can. That means precision agriculture, and UAS would be one tool in the tool box.”
The annual summit is a discussion hosted by the Texas A&M University System on the current state and advancement of UAS. This year’s event took place as part of the AUVSI XPONENTIAL, which organizers said drew more than 7,000 visitors and global leaders in drones, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems to the convention center.